Friday, May 29, 2015

My Proud Mom Moment

I was hard at work the other day, pounding the keyboard on my computer, furiously trying to finish book 2 of The Grimm Laws when I received these texts from my youngest son, Cameron.

He then texted:  My English teacher wrote this on my paper ...

Needless to say, it was one of those proud mom moments where I sat back, took a deep sigh, and thought, "Well, well, the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree after all."

Cameron is one of those kids that has the remarkable ability to excel at anything he does. His gift for writing wasn't always apparent though. In his younger years, he didn't care much for writing, and while his grammar has always been impeccable, he never had the patience for spinning a good story. I would often laugh and say, "Cameron, you would be an excellent writer if you did more than sit down and go, BLAH, on the paper and slop something together in about five minutes flat. (The fact that he can actually put something together that quickly that's passably good is a testament of his skill.)

Anyway, knowing that I'm rather particular about writing, Cameron won't let me even take a peek at his papers. I chuckle and say, "I'm not that bad, am I?" He raises an eyebrow and says nonchalantly, "No, you're not THAT BAD, Mom. I just don't want you trying to rewrite my papers before I turn them in."

"I would never do such a thing," I balk. "I only want you to be the best that you can be!"

He only smiles.

I suppose that we all have to come into things in our own time and in our own way. Cameron has since let me read a few of his stories, and he really is quite good! I'm looking forward to seeing great things from him in the future.

And, Cam, I promise I'll keep my big mouth shut. No critiquing and no attempt at rewriting! From the looks of these comments from your English teacher. It looks like you're doing just fine on your own.

An interesting side note:  Cam wouldn't let me post this about him until I agreed to take him to Costco and buy him a slice of pizza and a churro. I suppose I'll add negotiation tactics to his list of skills. :-)





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