Speech Day

March 11, 2008 at 9:00 am 6 comments

speech-day.jpgPreparing for your first public speech, other than those occasional classroom book reports.  A competitor.  The winner will give the speech the day of 5th grade graduation, and he/she will not know of the winner until that time.  Talk about being put on the spot!  But, we are so incredibly proud of your presence–a finalist.   One of twelve.  Oh yes, run to win, but be satisfied to be in the elite and make the most of it, son.  We love you so much and are so proud of you. 

I’ll be there with your Daddy’s shoes.  You have to walk three blocks to get to the luncheon.  I think they’d slip off your feet for the walk, but you won’t have to give your speech in your tennis shoes…your Daddy has loaned you his best ones.  I polished them up and they shine.  He said last night, “I just can’t believe my son is big enough to really wear my own shoes!  It’s so strange.”

You look sharp in your starched khakis and clean shirt already.  Heaven knows I don’t iron for just anyone! 

Stand tall.  Speak clearly.  Be yourself.  Swallow your nerves.  Give it your all. 

I can’t wait.  I’ll meet you there.  I’ll be cheering the loudest.

I love you!



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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dori  |  March 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Goodness, Mags…

    This made me cry today!! My boy is in 6th grade and has grown 6 inches in less than a year. He’s now looking me in the eyes and when I watch his toddler videos I sob!

    Makes me want to ask like Joshua did for the sun to stand still for just one more day!!

    Blessings, friend…

    Still praying for you!


  • 2. Kimberly  |  March 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

    well, if that doesn’t put a lump in your throat………….what would?

  • 3. Cindy  |  March 11, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Such a sweet post. I remember when College Boy was in 5th and was chosen to compete in the Governors Cup. When Kid #2 was in 4th grade and had the lead in the school play–he actually had to sing! This has brought back so many memories. I hope you will have many more as well.

  • 4. mom  |  March 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I can also remember being in a situation with my baby girl giving a speech at her college graduation as top in her class!! Yes, it does put a GREAT BIG LUMP in you throat to think that my grandson is on his way to that same stage! Too fast, too soon. Prayers, and blessings for a job well done. I love you and and VERY PROUD of you no matter what the out come. Mamaw

  • 5. Kim  |  March 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Your turn….AWWWWHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  • 6. graceisenough  |  March 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    How sweet. Wow, it seems like he shouldn’t be as old as he is. But, time flies.

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