Commencements on Wednesday! Our youngest, Mac, will be an official high school graduate. How can that be? Time has flown. We are so proud of him and amazed that this is our kid! So here's a little bio.
In 1989 I was in a car accident. Six month old Jay and my mom were in the car too. At the hospital they wanted to do x-rays because I had hit my head. But beforehand they wanted to be sure I wasn't pregnant. And guess what? My mom told us we needed to watch more television. My kids would be fifteen months apart. Oy-vey.
Along came Mac on October 2. He was rather an ugly newborn. But he got cute fast. And he also got bad fast. He got beaten in every restaurant restroom from Northern Michigan to Alabama. It got to the point that when we'd ask him if he needed to go to the bathroom, he'd start crying.
He was not a good student in the early years being that he simply did not do his work. In first grade when I arrived for parent teacher conferences I held out my hand and said, "Hi, I'm Mac's mom." The teacher replied, "I wouldn't brag about that if I were you." True. I hated that woman.
Mac got written up for saying "Sandwich" to his teacher once. He explained he said "sandwich" because he wasn't allowed to swear. Apparently, the intent was clear anyway.
Mac got written up for picking up a peer and carrying them in the lunch line.
Mac got written up for throwing food at lunch.
Mac got written up for watching a fight and cheering on the fighters.
Mac tunneled into a snow drift and I got a call from the school to bring him all new clothing because he was soaked.
Mac erased answering machine messages from his school but forgot to erase the caller id.
Mac knocked over the Christmas tree as a toddler and then in an escape attempt; ran over top of the tree slicing his foot open. Had to be strapped to a backboard for stitches.
Mac climbed out of his car seat whilst in motion and fell backwards resulting in a "pinpoint puncture wound." He had to have his entire head wrapped like a Civil War hero.
Mac tried to open the back car door and jump out because he was mad at me.
Mac put on his brother's coat, unlocked the front door and walked out of the house while his Aunt Kathy and I watched in amazement. He was not quite two.
Mac had his own pronunciation of the English language that required an interpreter...
Puc=cup. Girdl=girl. Squirdl=squirrel. Tee Tee=Aunt Kathy. Boo=Aunt Amy. Jorn=Jordan. Etc.
Mac had a long talk with Jesus in middle school. After that...
Mac was on the honor roll and eventually became a member of the National Honor Society.
Mac played varsity football for two years, quitting when the coach told him to choose between football and a mission trip.
Mac was named a Scholar Athlete for outstanding performance both on the field and academically.
Mac was the youngest person to become a junior high ministry leader and has been a Fuel leader for two years.
Mac has been on mission trips to Thailand, Appalachia and Chicago.
Mac is one of the top ten graduating students in his high school. Look for him the the News Herald June 9.
Mac has been accepted to Albion College and Eastern Michigan University. He was offered a scholarship to play football at Albion despite not having played his senior year. He will attend Eastern and major in mathematics. He wants to be a middle school math teacher.
Mac will graduate as a member of the National Honor Society and listed among the Who's Who of American High School Students.
Not too shabby for an unplanned bad little boy, huh?
Psalm 25:12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.