Respect (Memory Makers)

This layout is special to me - not only because of what I wrote about my son, but also because my son himself really values the layout. :)

 

Supplies:

Photoshop Elements 5.0

fonts: Arial and Times New Roman

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Gridlocked

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgy, Thin

 

Journaling:

You wanted to play football this year. I mean, you really wanted to play.

But when the school level failed in May and football fees jumped to over $400 -- well, we just couldn’t stomach that.

So we told you no -- you could not play football unless the levy passed on the August ballot and the fees were lowered.

Your acceptance was impressive.

You didn’t complain once, even though you knew there was no guarantee that the levy would pass.

And you didn’t complain even though waiting for the election meant you’d be a month behind the other boys in practice, and you’d have to work your tail off to earn your place on the team.

But what impressed me the most was this: you knew I had concerns about the levy and about the fiscal management of the schools. And not once did you ask me to vote to pass the levy.

On the contrary. You encouraged me to vote according to my beliefs, even though a failed levy meant you wouldn’t play football.

Encouraging me to vote my convitions even though it meant you wouldn’t be able to do the one thing wanted with all your heart -- that’s not the behavior of a 12 year old boy. That’s the maturity of a man.

Austin, you didn’t just impress me. You earned my respect.

You may not yet understand the significance of earning your parent’s respect, but I do.

I do.

 

School Levy Results

05/02/06 failed by 19 votes

08/08/06 passed by 663 votes


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7 Comments

WOW!! The journaling is great!!! Really had me readint till the very end!! I wish all 12 years old would be like your son!!! Great layout!!!

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You have a very grown up 12 year old. I admire what he did for you and for himself. I hope he contintues to stay that way through the rest of his school years. Amazing layout! I really love how you have the grid, but not on him...I'm still trying to figure that one out... =0) I really love this layout.

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What beautiful heartfelt journalling!! Wow that is one son to be very very proud of!!! This is a awesome tribute LO to him. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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This LO is beautiful on more than just the visual level. What special journaling. I feel so proud of your son and for you for raising a young man like him. Such a great job!

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