November 6, 2013
If there is one story, one anecdote that describes Owen it is this.
Owen has a problem in kindergarten and that problem's name is Alex. It's unclear exactly what kind of emotional trauma Alex is going through - it could be something at home, it could be adjusting to school - but Alex is mean. For several weeks, Alex did nothing but punch Owen and get sent to the office. Then he started picking on others. He spent long stretches of time in the office, listening, I'm sure, to the assistant principal read him the riot act. And while the violence against Owen has subsided, clearly there's something going on.
Last night Owen spent a half hour with his rainbow loom and a pile of rubber bands making a bracelet for Alex. He won't listen to our advice of not engaging Alex because he's simply incapable of ignoring someone who is struggling with something. He wants to invite Alex to his birthday party. He is going out of his way to be Alex's friend, Because he figures that Alex just needs a friend. And maybe he's right.
This kid is amazing. He's frustrating, maddening, too clever for his own good and I'm pretty sure he can read every book in his room but won't tell us...but he's kind. And while I want many things for my kids, the most important to me is kindness.Posted by Chris at November 6, 2013 7:35 AM | TrackBack