Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Feeling of Confidence

It's not often that our oldest gets a confidence boost. After living 12 years of his life with basically no extracurricular activities and struggling through school, confidence is not a feeling he has experience with. That is all beginning to change.
Terrance desires to be good at just a few things. He's into fixing cars, playing softball, math (he says), and entertaining people. He and Jeremy have been practicing softball for the past few weeks and he's getting better and better. Earlier this week we went to the park to let the "littles" play and work on some of Terrance's school. It's amazing watching this child blossom while being homeschooled. He has no idea that he's behind because what we do on a daily basis is academically matched for him.

 After he finished some of his school, he and his dad played a little softball. For the first time he hit nearly ever ball off the cone and sent it sailing across the field to his catcher who was eagerly awaiting. He'd call out time and time again, "Watch this, Mom!" Doesn't every child want their accomplishments to be seen? Of course!

 Within a few minutes he had a big crowd of adoring fans watching him hit time and time again-something he hasn't been able to do up until now.
 Finally his dad took away the cone and began pitching to him. After the second pitch Terrance hit every ball sent his way. The look that was on his face was worth a million dollars. He was proud. He was confident. He felt like he was as good, if not better, than all the Texas Rangers combined. He may be 12, but he has had very few of these opportunities.
 Of course if big brother can do it then so can little brother! Ha!
I could not be happier to have these moments with Terrance. He is gifted, wonderful. talented, and skilled. We are tapping in to many of his skills as the days go by and I feel certain that he will have many more opportunities to feel confident as the years go by. He has a dad that actively pursues him and his interests and one thing Jeremy understands is that boys like to be busy and they like to succeed. I just love watching this little flower bloom!


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