While the GC goes on, so does life here…

And it’s better in my little corner of the world. Lots going on for kids with my last name today. Oh, and they happen to be mine.

Cathie had awards day at her middle school today. She came home with E-I-G-H-T awards for her work this year. Since you all know I love to brag on my kiddos, here’s the list:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music – For participation in NYSSMA
  • Certificate in Music – Excellence in Band
  • Certificate in Science – Female Student with Highest Overall Average
  • Certificate in Science – Participation in Science Club
  • Certificate in English – Highest Average for 2005-1006
  • Technology Education – Highest Average in Technology/Semester 1
  • Certificate of Athletics – Outstanding Achievement
  • Certificate of Special Recognition – Highest Overall Average in Spanish
  • How cool is that? She graduates from 8th grade on Friday and we’re very, very proud. She worked hard in all of her honors classes, and took 2 Regents exams (high school credits, one in Biology, one in Spanish) as well as completeing 2/3rds of the required-by-high-school-graduation Math A course. She’s really a smart cookie, and I know that she’ll do well in whatever she puts her mind to.

    And now, about that boy…

    Tim was invited to be the speaker at a Boy Scouts fundraising reception tonight. They were giving Albany’s Mayor the Good Scout Award for 2006. The catch was, we didn’t know about this until early this afternoon. So, Tim and I collaborate over instant messenger so he can write his remarks:

    For most of my childhood, scouting has been a big part of my life. I got started as a Cub Scout, and have progressed through the skills and ranks to Life Scout, where I am today looking forward to completing Eagle and recently being appointed to serve as a Jr. Assistant Patrol Leader in Troop 46.

    I have stayed involved in Scouting, not only because it is filled with fun camping trips and football games, and skills like knot tying, wilderness survival and first aid, but also because it teaches things that you will never forget; things like teamwork, responsibility, respect, perseverance, community, and, most importantly, selfless service. These are skills that will be a part of my life and character always, reinforcing the morals and character my parents have instilled in me. I come from a service family, my dad is an Albany Police Officer, and my mom is a Youth Minister, and our whole family is involved in serving people in some way.

    In the spring of 2004, when I was just in 8th grade, it was a combination of those life lessons and practical skills that helped me to save the life of Linda Davis, who was choking. Linda and I were both volunteers at a church program for inner city kids, and she began to choke on some food. I was nearby where she was working and able to help her because of the first aid training I’d received in Scouts. I was in the right place, with the right skills, at the right time. I guess you could say I was prepared. Though I feel I was just doing my duty, doing what any Scout would do in that situation, people have made a big deal out of it, which has honestly made me a bit uncomfortable, though I’m not ungrateful. The height of that “big deal” was last February, when I was awarded the BSA Medal of Merit in recognition of saving Linda’s life, and received congratulations from many local officials, including Mayor Jennings.

    From this point forward in my Scouting, I look forward to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and putting to use all the life lessons and skills I’ve learned in finishing high school and college, and into the future. Thank you all for this opportunity.

    So, it’s been a good day for the fam. Thanks, God!

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