Saturday was not a good day for Stefan.

He awoke with a rashy face and contacts that refused to settle in his eyes.

At his violin competition he played Vivaldi’s “Autumn” beautifully and as the pianist said–“A perfect performance!”– yet received a low score.

Trying out for the tennis team, later that day, he lost to someone that he usually easily outplays.

Out with his friends that night, he ended up sitting alone at the dollar movie because none of the girls dared move up a row and take the seat next to him.

Then he found out that the girl he admires, the one that for months he has planned to ask to the first dance after he turns 16, was asked by someone else.

And yet, today as we are offering sympathy and solutions he shrugs and laughs and still gives “one shoulder each” rides.

I admire Stefan on his good days, but on his bad ones, I stand in awe.

Kipling says it better than I.

February 26, 2010
March 2, 2010



  1. dalene

    March 1, 2010

    I love it when kids teach us how to roll with whatever it is life tosses at us. Awesome.

  2. Sue

    March 1, 2010

    A resilient child is life’s greatest blessing.


  3. Trainer Momma

    March 1, 2010

    What a great guy. How great that he is in your life every day. Forever. Isn’t that amazing?

  4. Ken

    March 1, 2010

    Stefan is AWESOME!

    I love Stefan and admire him more than words can express. He knows who he is; from where he comes and to where he is headed.
    With loving awe,
    Grandpa Ken

  5. Tracy

    March 1, 2010

    Go Stefan. If only I could roll like that.

  6. Selwyn

    March 1, 2010

    Pure awesomesauce.

  7. Christie

    March 1, 2010

    I love all your kids, but today he’s my favorite. They just don’t come any better than that.

  8. Rachelle

    March 1, 2010

    I’m positive that it’s tougher on parents than it is on kids to watch them go through life’s adversities. I don’t like it!

  9. Natasha

    March 1, 2010

    This post brought tears to my eyes- Stefan definitely sounds amazing. I also love the poem If.

  10. Claudia

    March 1, 2010

    Well, we all know he could take any of them down in a arm wrestling contest. Blindfolded. If I were 16 I would date you Stefan! I appreciate your kind soul.

  11. Linn

    March 2, 2010

    That boy makes me want to be a better person. Thanks Stefan!

  12. Jennk

    March 3, 2010

    He is a gem. 🙂

  13. Jan Russell

    March 4, 2010

    Oh mercy on us all, this is making me cry. What a great spirit he has!

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