Although this blog is not named for Jack, he was half of the inspiration for it. From the moment he arrived he has been showing us that he is a true leader and a wonderful person.
Jack taught me early on how to be a mother. Our first few years were such a rollercoaster and he showed me how to trust my instincts and fight for him. He came through it all with a resilience and strength beyond his years and will never be defined by his early struggles.
I am so proud of the person Jack has become. He is an amazing big brother and has taken every responsibility we have thrown at him in stride. This winter Jack struggled a bit in school, but by the end of the year he had turned it around and ended the year with an amazing report card. We were so proud of all his hard work.
The other day as we were trying to get on the train on our way from one relative’s house to another, Will was struggling with his backpack in the heat of the afternoon. While I was pulling our bags, Jack stopped Will and took his backpack from him and carried it the rest of the way. And he did it without me asking.
His exuberance for the small things in life, like swimming or riding bikes, reminds me of what it is like to be a kid. He could spend all day running, playing, swimming and riding bikes. Jack has a heart of gold and looks for the good in everyone he meets. He can walk into a group knowing no one and come out with many new friends.
Jack is an amazing public speaker. This year he had to give three formal presentations in class. He practiced them until he memorized his speech (which didn’t take long) and gave fluid, well organized presentations that everyone enjoyed. I wish I had been as comfortable doing that at such a young age.
Jack embodies the best parts of me and the best parts of Jim. He is sweet, caring and I am so happy that he is my son.
What makes your kid extraordinary isn’t just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day.
Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.