I just wanted to let you know J and I met with the 5th grade boys today to do a bullying/cyberbullying presentation. [Thing Two] got a bit choked up over one of the videos we showed and discussed. We were able to get him right back on track by talking about how it all ended well and why. He participated from beginning to end and had great things to add throughout our class period together.
As the boys were leaving I pulled him aside to make sure he was ok and he said he was fine. I just wanted you to be aware. He’s such a sweet and caring child!
Love that kid. There is a whole lot of bullheaded stubborn in him but zero meanness and he just will not tolerate weaker kids being picked on. Good thing he's on the big side, since he's got a protective streak a mile wide.
On a related note, my best girlfriend's fifth grade daughter has been having some trouble in school this week. Leaving out the details to protect the guilty, there was (by all accounts, in consensus) an altercation in which the other girl hit first and my friend's daughter hit second. Both were disciplined appropriately by the school. As part of that process, my friend was offered the opportunity to have her daughter switched from one fifth grade student group to another so that this other girl would no longer be in her classes. My friend's daughter refused to switch, because (as she told her mother) if she changed groups then she wouldn't be with Thing Two anymore to make sure nobody picks on him. Apparently he doesn't always get things the first time they are said and she worries about him. Those two have been in school together since they were four and she watches over him like a hawk.
Of course, I told my friend to do what is best for her daughter and not to worry about Thing Two, but I am touched to the core that this little girl would deliberately choose to remain in classes with a kid who has bullied her off and on for years rather than abandon (as she perceives it) my son.
Clearly Thing Two isn't the only sweet kid in this fifth grade class. And he's got himself one fierce guardian angel who isn't afraid to throw a punch!