Friday, May 23, 2014

Benjamin at this moment.

Benjamin (or fine.. Ben) at this moment has all grades above an 85, he is well liked by his teachers and I am complemented often on what a good kid he is. Next year: HIGH SCHOOL!! He got his very own computer for his birthday and tomorrow morning he reports to his very first job. Here you can start working at 14.
I can't believe how fast this is going. We are so proud of him. He wrote this acrostic for his leadership class and his teacher sent me an email saying how impressed he was by it:

E ... Embrace Challenges with the strength and courage of a bull.
A... Accept punishments and accusations with firm responsibility.
G... "Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." Henry Ward Beecher
L... Lie if you want to be lied to, if not speak with truth and honesty.
E...Every elder you see has gone through what you have so treat them with respect.

L...Learning to stand and tolerate insults is like learning to act as an adult.
E...Everyone can sacrifice time or money but only when you give something you love does it count.
A..."As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy
D... Drawing up the composure to not attack someone or do anything foolish is the ultimate tool.
E...Empathy is not about forgiving someone but understanding them.
R...Realizing when you have done something wrong and stood by your mistake is integrity.
S...Serving someone is not loyalty, but believing and staying by them is.
H...Having a good attitude is the key to having a good life.
I...I would stand and persevere anything for family and good friends.
P...Preparation is the key to success.

What does Eagle Leadership mean to me? To me eagle leadership means to be yourself while being the best you can be to get people to appreciate you and live a good life.

-Benjamin, May 2014


Rachel said...

This is amazing! You've got an incredibly wise 14 year old there! And definitely a born leader. Takes after his momma. :)

Nana to Oz said...

So, soooo proud of you B!! I love what you did there - made me tear up if you must know. You are so very special to me and the whole family - a great son, big brother, and grandson. If I had been given a choice, I couldn't have chosen better. I love you very much!!! Nana

Cathy said...

Well, that just made THIS elder cry happy tears. And if the universe does allow those who have gone before us to see those they left behind, then his great grandfather, James Honeycutt would be so proud. My PaPaw believed in nothing more than integrity. And if Benjamin can capture those lines as the compass of his life, he will certainly steer his ship through exciting waters.

Ryann said...

Wow, Pretty impressive for a 14 year old! Happy birthday to Benjamin!