I've been thinking a lot about my little girl this week mainly because it was 6 years ago today that she was born but also because we've been having a tough time at school. This year has not gone as we would have hoped, and we're all thankful that the school year is only a few short weeks away from being finished.
To make a long story short, we feel like Zoe fell between the cracks this year at school, possibly due to a very large class and a very sick teacher who missed school more than she was there. She has been particularly hard on Zoe this year because Zoe has trouble sitting still and paying attention, and we (the parents and Zoe) have all worked very hard at correcting this issue ... we're seeing small improvements but we're still just taking baby steps.
As part of these issues, my sweet girl is being selected as the last "Star Student" this week. This "end" placement has been tough on her. Every Friday when the star student was announced and it wasn't Zoe, she would get into my car at the end of the day and just hang her head in sadness. She truly started believing that she wasn't as good as the other 17 students who have already been selected for the award before her. And I'm ashamed of myself because I was not the parent advocate that I needed to be for my daughter. I've learned a valuable lesson that I won't let happen again. It is my job to stand up for Zoe ... always. I won't make the mistake of "assuming" everything will turn out right again. I will stick my nose in where it belongs and fight when necessary.
Now, with that out of the way, I want to say that Zoe is the sweetest, most loving, caring, happy person I know. She loves everyone and wants all of her friends to get along and be together. She is also compassionate and empathetic. Something many adults have problems with. She has the biggest heart and it is full of love. She is beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. I'm honored to have been selected as her mother and can't wait to see what great things this little lady is going to do in our world.
Happy 6th Birthday Zo Zo.