Every day that Cooper comes home off the bus I ask him "How was your day? What happened at school?" and the like. Most days the answer is "Fine." sometime I get a bit more, such as "We worked on greater than and less than in math." Last Tuesday I got the same "Fine." answer to my "How was school today?" question.
Later on I noticed one of those plastic bracelets that have the words printed in them lying on the floor. You know, the "Live Strong", "Courage" ones. I hadn't seen it before, it was a maroon marbled color. I asked Cooper where it came from and he said "Oh, I got that when I got my award yesterday." "You got an award? Yesterday? Remember how I asked you when you get home what happened at school? That's a good time to tell me that you received an award at school."
Cooper received the Fairness Award for "Being a Person of Character" from his teacher. On the back of the certificate his teacher wrote "Always kind and friendly to others. He shares and takes turns. He is honest." Later on that evening when he called his dad to tell him about his award Cooper said "My teacher wrote that I'm honest, and that's what I'm proudest about."
I cannot express how proud I am of this boy. He is such a young man of character who truly desires to do what is right. I am so blessed to have him in my life, to be his mother, to learn from his great example and bask in his love for all those around him. I love you Cooper and I thank God every day that you are in my life.