Tuesday, June 24, 2008

He Did It!!!

Congratulations to our Grade Eight Grad: Luke Barnard!

It's been a tough row to hoe. We had our dark valley in the middle school years. But with a concerted effort, and with the help of many caring teachers and resource people, Luke worked hard to turn things around. He's come a long way and we are very proud of our boy.

I had no idea that I would be this touched.

Luke didn't win any awards. He wasn't on any teams, didn't participate in school activities. He didn't make the honour roll. But by golly, he's happy, he has friends, and he knows who he is. His Dad and I will be behind him on what ever path he chooses to take into his future.


  1. Hooray! The Fool and I were talking on vacation recently about how hard parts of middle school/ junior high can be -- hooray for Luke for making it thus far and best wishes for the next years.

  2. Congratulations, Luke. You've done good.

  3. Hooray for Luke, and you to, Laurie.

  4. Congratulations! I love that picture picture ... it's very symbolic. From the movement, you can't quite tell if Luke is being followed or chased. :-)

  5. Anonymous11:43 am

    good for Luke in his achievements>>honour rolls don't make grat conversationalists.

    love the photo matching last comment at end of post

    take care

  6. How wonderful to hear of the child who 'didn't win any awards' That describes most of us to a 'T'.
    Congratulations to Luke. Fantastic picture of Luke and Dad.

  7. Great job, Luke!

    And I love that last photo, btw.

  8. Luke looks wonderful in his semi-formal attire!

    He should be especially proud of his accomplishment -- it's even harder now than it was thirty years ago when we were in school.

    Three cheers for Luke!!!

  9. Congratulations Luke... a job well done!

    And congratulations to the parents for their attitude - in return you will have a grown man someday who is happy to be who he is...whoever that may be.

  10. Congratulations to Luke!! Middle school is tough ... to come out of it happy is a major accomplishment.

  11. Wow, Laurie, those are some great pictures. Congrats to you all! It takes teamwork to get a kid through school. Enjoy your summer!

  12. Congratulations to you, Laurie, and to Luke's dad, for all you've done. Take a great big bow (and then a large piece of chocolate). You're the best.

    Love from West Cork