June 06, 2014

15 Birthdays for Bones

Bones is 15 today. I started blogging right before he entered kindergarten. He is going to be a sophomore in high school.

At the age of four, he wanted nothing more than to be Hulk. He dressed like him once a week for pre-school. Now 11 years later, his big request was a Hulk compression shirt made by Under Armour.

That and a new Celtic Cross... with no dead bodies.

As of today, he is allowed to test for his Driver's Permit, something that scares the ever living hell out of all of us. We're dragging our feet with it. We don't see a must for him to have it. My husband is having him mow the lawn on the riding mower, as he did with the other boys, in an attempt to get him to have a feel for driving anything.

So far, he hasn't hit anything although he did nearly run down his dad a few weeks ago.

He made friends readily in his new high school. His buddies are here all the time or he's at their place. The school he goes to is a good fit. Kids just stay after and hang. There is always some sort of performance and so it's not uncommon for him to say he's staying late to go to a theatre production or a piano concert.

There is no bullying. Nobody cares what you wear, what color your hair is, if you're gay, straight, bi, or transgender. They don't care what your religion is or if you have one. There is no color. Everyone is the different and they embrace it.

Quite frankly, I find it remarkable.

From a social aspect, I think that it's been a fantastic year. Education wise, I cannot say the same. The struggle I am finding is when you have a student who has to be in 'regular' classes, the regular student has some serious behavioral issues.

That is our biggest problem with high school.

His English teacher had some sort of dementia (not kidding), his biology teacher went out on maternity leave in January and they didn't replace her until March and then the guy that replaced her had never taught. No homework, no tests, he got an A. His math teacher never assigned homework, yet he did have ONE test, so he got a B in the class.

Fortunately, he was in remedial Math as well and that teacher taught him something.

Bones is in his element. People think he's funny and kind. They see him for what he is. His teachers like him and he wakes up every morning excited for the new day.

He has started endurance trainings on Sunday with a local football coach. He has no intention of playing football, but is thinking of running track. He is fast and he has a good attitude.

The best part about high school so far is... I love his friends. When your children are small, you can pick and choose who they hang out with. But as your children age, you have less and less control.

Bones picks GREAT kids to hang out with. And I think this is an indicator that he too... is a GREAT kid.

I still have many worries. I feel certain he did not pass the Algebra I EOC exam and will have to retake the class, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

So, Happy 15th Birthday, Bones. Should all the children be so blessed to be as loved as you are… for if they were, I suspect the problems of this world would be so very different… We love you so.

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Posted by Boudicca at June 6, 2014 10:11 PM

Happy Birthday Bones!

Love the shirt.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 7, 2014 08:51 AM

Happy Birthday Bones! Has been great watching you grow up!


Posted by: Jilly at June 7, 2014 11:13 AM

Happy Birthday, Bones - Where are the purple shorts?

Posted by: PeggyU at June 7, 2014 11:41 AM

That shirt is perfect for him. Happy birthday Bones.

Posted by: AC at June 9, 2014 03:23 PM