By Wyatt Earp | December 5, 2009
Yesterday was a pretty good day at the Earp Ranch. Erik, our 5-year old, was chosen as the Peacemaker of the Month for his kindergarten class. His school chooses one student from every class who helps his fellow students, practices good manners, and good discipline. The winners are presented with the award after a Mass and student assembly. Kyle received this award last November, so it made us doubly proud when Erik won.
We brought the entire family to the Mass, which is always risky since Kevin and Julia are not big on crowds. They behaved as well as could be expected. We were worried that since the Kindergarten does not attend the Mass – for the same reasons we usually don’t take Kevin and Julia – Erik had no one to sit with. The missus asked Sister Mary if he should sit with us, and she offered to have him sit up front with her. Erik gladly went, and soon after we were proud again . . .
Kyle saw Erik sitting with Sister Mary and a few older students, so he asked permission to bring him to his seat. Sister Mary said it was a great idea, and Kyle and Erik sat together with the rest of the third grade. During the presentations, the winners received generous applause, and afterward, there was a reception in the cafeteria – complete with donuts and soft pretzels. Erik’s favorite foods.
When we were finished eating, we walked Erik back to his class, where he received another round of applause. It was a terrific day for him, and for the rest of our family. While he and Kyle are sometimes off the wall at home, they never misbehave at school,and that’s pretty much all a parent can ask.