Monday, June 4, 2012

Hard Things

I was thinking about this statement today, and I remembered a story I neglected to tell.

Chris had a project to do in his gifted eighth-grade English class this year.  I mention that it was a gifted class for two reasons: (1) it's a Mom brag thing, and (2) they can do more odd assignments than regular classes.  Anyway, his project was to accomplish something substantial.  Big and open-ended.  The teacher knew what the kids were capable of, and the kids knew the teacher's expectations.

Chris decided to create a video game.  I will admit, I was skeptical.  I really didn't think he could do it, and I worried that he would be setting himself up for frustration.  I wondered if he would spend more time playing on the computer than on doing his assignment (he did get distracted, but not as much as I feared).

Anyway, he did it.  He found something that he was interested in, researched it, delved in, and accomplished it.  Chris wrote, designed, and produced a video game, complete with plot, characters, landscape, and animation.  He did a hard thing, and I'm proud of him.  And although it's hard to eat crow, I'll say it.  You were right, buddy.  Good for you!

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