Friday, May 06, 2005
Vote For Amanda
Ok, I will try not to go overboard here. But I have to tell you all that I have never been more proud of my daughter than I was yesterday. Amanda asked me a couple of days ago if it would be ok with me if she ran for Student Council. I told her yeah, that I thought that would be awesome. I thought that she meant she would run next year, so I put that very low on my 'things to think about' list. She said something about it on Wednesday, telling me which of her other friends wanted to run and I told her that I thought it was awesome and a good opportunity for them and her.
I thought she meant next year. Well, it turns out that you vote this year for the candidates for next year. I had no idea until I picked her up from day care yesterday and she told me she had brought home her 'sign'. I asked her what sign she was talking about and she said her 'vote for Amanda [lastname] sign'. I then told her that I thought that was next year and she filled me in about all that stuff I just said.
I literally pulled over the car and had her show me her sign. It's done in markers... I should take a picture of it! Anyway, it's done in markers and it says "Vote for Amanda [lastname] for Student Council" I almost started crying right there in the car. (Sue me, I'm a sucker for this kind of thing.) She told me that she went to every second grade class and gave her little speech. I asked her what she said and it was this "Hi, my name is Amanda [lastname]. You should vote for me because I am responsible, respectful, safe, and fun."
Oh yeah, that's my daughter's speech. Stop. Go back and read it again! :)
Ok, now let me tell you why I am so excited about this. First of all, my daughter is eight. This year (second grade) was the first year she qualified for UIL and she took the initiative and signed up. She was in UIL Creative Writing and did a bitchin' job! Not to mention that she made her mommy proud by not only enjoying but excelling at something that I enjoy.
Next year is the first year for Student Council and she took the initiative and signed up. And not only did she sign up, but she is confident that she will win. She told me on the way home "Mommy, I think I am going to win. I make good grades, I never get in trouble. I haven't had a mark in my folder all year. I have lots of friends and the teachers like me." All of which is true. She amazes me with her ability to be popular and smart because I know (from experience) that having both of those things is hard. She is A honor roll every six weeks and everyone knows her and likes her.
But the number one reason why this is so great is because Amanda is shy. Talking in front of a lot of people or being in the center of attention freaks her out and here she is handling it confidently and bravely. She had her first crush this year on a boy named Chance and she couldn't say two words to this kid and if he said anything to her, her whole face turned red. She said when she gave the speech to his class that she just looked at the other side of the class room. I asked her if she blushed and she said no.
So, if you think that I am being to nuts putting that picture of the White House over there, think again. My daughter has impressed me so much this year with her tenacity and ability to excel and change and take risks. If you asked me right now if I thought she could be president, I would tell you 'yes'. Why? Well for one thing I am riding one hell of a proud mommy high. But also because I believe that kid can do and be anything she wants.

I so love being a mom :)
so eloquently put by katehopeeden at 6:07 AM
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