Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monkey in the Middle

I am a very lucky woman! I live with three great men, one is my husband and the other two are my sons. A big celebration is happening in our house because of one of these fellas. Over there on the left is Farmer Boy and my very special monkey in the middle, DS#2.

DS#2 is the typical middle child, he is between the prince (first born son) and the princess (the only girl who is also the baby). Unlike his siblings he is not an athlete and has always been the slowest at running and could never quite get his coordination together enough to throw a ball let alone catch one. His talents lay in the muscle that resides between the two ears, yes his brain. This little 9 yo will tell you that he wants to be a barrister, he thinks that the wig and black gowns that the men and women wear into court over here are just the coolest. I hope he becomes one, or anything else his heart desires because he is without a doubt smart enough. This little boy has spent many hours watching his brother and sister, watching as they won medals and were honored for their athletic achievements and in the sister's case as an Irish dancer. There have been many tears over his inability to win a medal.

Farmer Boy and I have spent many an hour explaining to him that one day his day will come. DS#2 plays the piano by ear, his piano teacher tells him that he is by far her most talented student. He taught himself to read when he was 4, school comes so easily for this little guy. But what he really wants is to be recognised for being him and he wants a damn medal to show everyone that he is talented too!!!! Well, we got a phone call today, the most exciting phone call ever!!! My little monkey in the middle has won the GOLD MEDAL for the County Wexford Boys Under 10's Art Competition!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is going to the National Competition in May!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost cried when I heard the news. It could not have happened to a more worthy child and he is on cloud 9. There will be 2 medal presentations, one from the local community and one big one for the County. My little baby is bursting with excitement, and we couldn't be any prouder!!!!! And what makes us really proud is that his siblings came out to the car after school and they were just as excited for their brother as if they had won themselves... Quick get me a tissue......
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8 comments:

Cathi said...

Congratulations to the monkey. Made me sniff to hear of the sibling support too, makes up for all the times they are trying to kill each other doesn't it?

Verry Sherry said...

me too, sniff.
A scholar and an artist. Whoa.
Love to hear it. Let us know how the May competition goes--when it it?
Congrats you proud mamma.

Ms. Jan said...

What great news! It isn't easy being a bit different and being in the middle (ask me how I know), but he seems to have found his way and will be all the stronger for it. Congratulations to one and all!

Anna K. said...

Yep, pass that box of tissues! Oh, how wonderful for you, DS# 2! You are well on your way to being a true renaissance man.
My Dad plays the piano by ear, as well, and has since he was a young boy. Playing the piano and pursuing his many other passions has enriched his life and the lives of those around him. May it be the same for you, Sir!

Pats on the back to Mom and Dad for allowing your kids to be themselves! Big Bro' and Lil' Sis-great job on being happy for your brother's success!

Anna K. said...

Um, I hope you don't mind...I was so inspired by your post that I posted a blurt about it on my blog. Come on over and take a peek (and, again, I hope you don't mind!)

Kim said...

Oh, a BIG congrats to DS#2! Art beats out sports in my book any time! LOL!

Cleverclogs said...

Wow! That's the best story I've heard in a while! Congrats to your son for the medal and being so talented! That's so sweet!

Janet said...

AWESOME!!!