Today was a very special day for Davin. We got a letter in the mail that he would be given a special award today and that during the ceremony there would be something read about Davin and why he was getting the award. I didn't realize that only 4 kids are chosen out of his school 4 different times during the year to receive such an award. The staff recognizes each recipient for their own special strengths and growth.
While Davin sat in the front of the room in front of the principal and vice principals and other guests, the following was read:
Davin Hester joined Creekside in the middle of last year, and the minute he entered Creekside he made a huge impact. His smile affects everyone who meets him and people are instantly drawn to him. He is a jokester (at this point Davin started cracking up) who enjoys pulling pranks on people as much as he enjoys having pranks done to him. His laugh comes from his belly and is deep and sincere.
Davin is very intelligent, and keeps up academically with his age equivalent peers from other classes while at the same time he charms the staff.
Although Davin is highly intelligent and funny, he has a devious side. This is the side that will steal purses from the teacher's desk or off of the back of a wheelchair. This is the side that will take a stick and knock things off of the teacher's desk. this is the side that could have had him sent to the Principal's office on more than one occasion!
Davin is a wonderful person who comes from a loving family. We all feel that we have been blessed to have met him.
So....I went back and forth between gushing with pride to wondering if my son had just gotten an award for being a twirp:-) In the end, I realize what he got the award for. He got the award for being who he is. The staff and students at his school celebrate who he is and I am so thankful for a place like that. Why would Davin not want to go to school?
Davin's award also got me to thinking. The things that were said about Davin and how drawn people are to him is true. He makes an impact. He makes an impact most places that he goes. Davin can't walk or talk or write or play sports in the traditional way, but he makes an impact.
In general, we feel badly for someone who does not have the skills or abilities that we have, but am I using those "extra" skills that I have to make an impact? Do I impact people the way my son does? If he can touch lives the way he does without ever uttering one word, how much of an impact can I make with my words? Davin uses what he has and he does a great job. Do I?