Adventures in Parenting: Pride

Readers of this blog know the challenges my husband and I have faced with with our oldest son, John.  John has ADD and in the past this condition has hindered him quite a bit.  He was a reluctant reader and viewed reading as punishment or a chore.  However, within the past year, his attitude has improved dramatically. He enjoys reading now, loves taking trips to the bookstore, etc.  His overall attitude has improved drastically!

However, it wasn’t until recently that I really saw this improvement in action.  Recently, John was tasked with coming up with a talent to present at a family reunion. John and his father decided that his talent would be to recite Obama’s “Yes We Can Speech.”  John’s grandmother has frequently mentioned that he resembles Obama, so this talent seemed perfect.  Now I admit, I didn’t think he’d be able to do it. I didn’t think he would be dedicated enough to be able to do what it takes to learn this speech and to perform it well.  Boy, was I wrong.

John presented this speech with so much emotion, enthusiasm, that it gave me goosebumps.  Listening to him recite this powerful speech left me feeling so much pride I thought I would literally explode.  So, without further ado, John’s recitation of Obama’s Yes We Can!

Gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it!?  However, this has reminded me to be proud of the small achievements as well as the monumental ones, for the little steps are a pathway to the big steps.

16 Comments to "Adventures in Parenting: Pride"

  1. Leola Norman's Gravatar Leola Norman
    Twitter: Tea Norman
    July 26, 2010 - 1:39 PM | Permalink

    Wonderful! I’m so proud of him. I know you are very proud. Amazing.

  2. July 26, 2010 - 1:59 PM | Permalink

    He was fantastic! You need to send that to the White House!

  3. Felicia's Gravatar Felicia
    July 26, 2010 - 2:01 PM | Permalink

    Bravo John!

  4. July 26, 2010 - 2:18 PM | Permalink

    This is so awesome! Sounds like he is going to be a very powerful speaker himself one day! Great job.

  5. Sherry Barnette's Gravatar Sherry Barnette
    July 26, 2010 - 2:24 PM | Permalink

    Awesome! I loved it and saw it in person! What a talented young man!

  6. July 26, 2010 - 2:24 PM | Permalink

    Wow !! WTG John !!

    Yes, you DO NEED to send it to Obama for him to see for sure !

  7. Lynne Perednia's Gravatar Lynne Perednia
    Twitter: Perednia
    July 26, 2010 - 2:55 PM | Permalink

    Absolutely wonderful! Cheers to John!

  8. July 26, 2010 - 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Good job, sending it to the White House (with the story) is a great idea

  9. July 26, 2010 - 4:45 PM | Permalink

    Jenn that was fantastic. You should be really proud he did an amazing job. Hmm perhaps the future president is right in front of us. John you did a fantastic job BRAVO!!!

  10. jenn's Gravatar jenn
    Twitter: picky_girl
    July 26, 2010 - 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Wow. I am totally, 100% impressed. And you’re right – I do have goosebumps. I love that speech, and I love the truths behind it.

  11. Beth F's Gravatar Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    July 27, 2010 - 8:24 AM | Permalink

    Wow! My eyes welled up. John did such an excellent job.

  12. Michelle's Gravatar Michelle
    Twitter: michelleerin
    July 27, 2010 - 8:25 AM | Permalink

    That was pretty awesome. Are we getting a glimpse of a future president?

  13. July 27, 2010 - 5:54 PM | Permalink

    Way to go John! And Mom!

  14. Courtney's Gravatar Courtney
    Twitter: stiletostrytime
    August 2, 2010 - 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Way to go John! And you too Jenn…I am so glad he is warming up to reading…he is at such a critical age for that and boys are often the hardest in my experience as a children’s librarian to get excited about books! Congrats…my son’s first name is John as well by the way…but we call him by the middle because Daddy is John too!

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