Proud

Today, Peeps, my pride knows no bounds.

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Yes, I know they say pride comes before a fall, but this time, I am prouder than proud of my son.

Despite the craziness of this last eighteen months, with the pandemic, and numerous other barriers to overcome, Lil Man got his GCSE results today, and he passed.

My boy will be off to Sixth Form in September!

I promise, I am not biased in this thinking, but I do feel that this year group had it tougher than most. If you think about it, last year, yes the exams were disrupted, but the children had the opportunity to cover the whole curriculum before the world went crazy.

So, despite not getting the chance to sit exams, they were prepared.

And A-Level students? They have seen the disruption, too, but they’d had a bit of normalcy with their own GCSEs, two years previously.

I mean, this set of children, have lost out on around six months of face to face learning time, suffered possibly even more testing than the average year group, as the grades were to be teacher assessed, rather than exam based, and have never faced a true exam. (SATs in primary school not withstanding!)

Yet, they carried on. And for the most, smashed their grades.

Personally, I much prefer this teacher based way of assessing, as exams mean you having an off day, despite being a good student, cound end up leaving you with a bad grade.

Whereas, this year, teachers were able to build up portfolios of evidence for each child, from assignments, to coursework, to test results, and their own professional judgement of each child, to give a grade that they felt truly reflected each pupils efforts.

I fall apart in tests and exams. I know my boy is the same.

But I also know that though he isn’t a straight A student, (can I say that, nowadays or is it a 7-9 grade student, now?) he is capable, and by acheiving the grades he needed to get to Sixth Form, he has proved that.

See.

Couldn’t be prouder.

Now, how to celebrate for a guy who passed his exams? Does he want a special meal? A treat?

Nope. He wants to go to his cricket training!

So, I’ll be off on cricket mum duty again!

Still, I’ll be taking him there, extremely proud of the young man he has become. πŸ’œ

And here is a little poem I penned a few years ago, just for him.

Fly my little chick, fly
Just stretch those wings and fly high.

Roar my little cub, roar
Show them what you're made for.

Swim my little fry, swim
You're just as good as 'him'.

Jump my little roo, jump
You can get over this bump.

Believe in yourself
In the power of you.

Have faith in yourself,
Like I always do.

So,

Fly my little chick, fly
All you can do is try...

Ritu 2016

For all those Little Chicks out there, that need that little bit of encouragement… You’re doing great, and you will continue to do so, have faith in yourselves… And especially for my son, Lil Man xxx

66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more
    Aug 15, 2021 @ 12:40:17

    Congratulations to the proud mom, Sis! Also congratulations to LilMan. Well deserved, but i am not wonderin with this mommy in the back. πŸ™‚ xx Michael

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  2. OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more
    Aug 15, 2021 @ 12:38:44

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  3. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 14, 2021 @ 21:54:51

    Just the start of a grand life!

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  4. Jennie
    Aug 14, 2021 @ 17:07:41

    You should certainly be a proud mama! Congratulations to your son!!

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  5. Liz Gauffreau
    Aug 14, 2021 @ 07:00:43

    Congratulations to your son!

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  6. Leanne
    Aug 13, 2021 @ 19:53:37

    Congratulations to Lil Man for passing his exam!! πŸ˜€ Congratulations to you as well for not falling apart despite everything that you went through with students and numerous other challenges you faced. It has been a very tough 18 months indeed, so great job all around!

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  7. CJ
    Aug 13, 2021 @ 10:50:14

    That’s brilliant, I am so pleased for him, I hope he has a lovely day.

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  8. Kavita Deo
    Aug 13, 2021 @ 07:06:52

    Congratulations! It was a hard two years for all of us and especially kids. They have really coped up well and given their best. we must celebrate them!

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  9. VJ Knutson
    Aug 13, 2021 @ 00:25:20

    I think Mamas are allowed to be proud.

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  10. Virtuous Educations
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 21:42:29

    It’s really pleasing to read such wonderful message, despite everything not moving as it used to be, our children and we ourselves are slowly learning to adept.
    All mothers can relate to this proud moment of joy. The most important is treating kids with the gift they long for, you did the same by taking him to Cricket ground.

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  11. willowdot21
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 21:20:47

    So very very pleased for you and your wonderful son Sis. This feeling of pride goes on forever!πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  12. Erika
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 20:50:12

    I know so well how you feel, sis. It is not only the proud mom, it is also the relief to see that they seem to be on track (at least, as far as we can judge it) and have found their place to progress successfully. Congratulations to my nephew!

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  13. dearanonymousfriend
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 20:23:44

    Congratulations! Well done!

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  14. H.R Phoenix, Author
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 18:54:23

    Wow, congrats! Great job!
    Btw, are you a beta reader?

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  15. johnrieber
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 18:43:40

    Bravo! I completely agree that the last 18 months have been almost impossible to imagine for anyone at his age…to excel under those conditions is something you should not only be so proud of, but to take some credit for – he obviously is in a caring, loving family environment that gives him the support and guidance to succeed!

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  16. Susanne Swanson
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 18:03:32

    Congratulations to you and your son! And I love your poem. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  17. syl65
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 17:41:18

    Awesome job Lil (growing) Man πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’œπŸ‘πŸΎ

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  18. petespringerauthor
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 17:01:45

    As a fellow parent, I’m happy for you and your son. We need to celebrate our kids’ accomplishments and let them know how proud we are of them.

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  19. The V Pub
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 16:39:24

    Congrats, Ritu!

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  20. balroop2013
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 16:15:07

    Congratulations Ritu, I can relate to your pride. Wishing your little champ many more horizons.

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  21. John Holton
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 15:58:57

    Congratulations to him!

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  22. Shweta Suresh
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 15:16:11

    Congratulations to you and your Lil Man.

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  23. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 15:03:36

    Congratulations, Ritu. that is so exciting.

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  24. Chris The Story Reading Ape
    Aug 12, 2021 @ 14:38:28

    WELL DONE Lil Man πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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