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My kids and husband complain all the time that my phone is on mute therefore I never answer any calls or texts. There’s a good reason for that. First, I usually mute the phone when I go to my spin or pilates class. I never used to take the phone in with me in the first place until Keely’s surgery. At that point, I kept it on me at all times so I could see if she needed me.
Another thing you should know for this story is that I have personalized ring and text tones. My ring tones are picked especially for each child and my text tone is the following:
It’s Stewie from family guy going “mom, mom, mom, mom, mama, mama, mama, mama, etc.” It plays for 12 seconds. Ok? So each night I go to bed I mute my phone because my kids will just text whenever they feel like it.
Last night at 3:49 AM, I received a text from Andie. It woke me up because my phone started saying “mom, mom, mom, mom, etc. etc. etc.” and I jumped up. Then, of course, I checked it out because why would one of my kids text me at 3:49 AM in the morning. I started laughing when I saw what it said:
This text ALSO requires an explanation. Because I like to talk shit about my kids and because I hate bragging, I very rarely say when one of my kids has done something splendid. Of course, it doesn’t happen that often either.
Both of my girls did fine on their SAT’s in high school and of course, they both got into Duke and they both went there. (Actually, Andie is a senior this year at Duke)
Daniel, however, did extraordinary on his SAT’s. He’s actually going to Duke too but that’s not the point of this story. He did so well on that and PSAT’s that he was a National Merit Award Winner but he also was a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Award. What is a Presidential Scholar?
Indeed, when we got notification I had never heard of it and had no idea what the hell it was. I actually thought it was some bogus award that you then pay for a placque or whatnot. However, in this case, it was the real thing. Here’s the OFFICIAL explanation:
The US Presidential Scholars Program is a government program administered by White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education to recognize and provide leadership development opportunities for some of America’s most outstanding graduating high school seniors. Each Summer, the 141 Presidential Scholars travel to Washington, D.C. as guests of the program for National Recognition Weekend during which they partake in a broad range of educational, celebratory and fellowship activities. Scholars participate in seminars, lectures and workshops with government officials, elected representatives, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people; perform community service; and attend cultural events and ceremonies held in their honor. During the weekend they forge friendships that often last a lifetime. The weekend culminates in a White House-sponsored event at which the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Medallion. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is not a scholarship program, but it is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Apparently, approximately 3600 candidates are put up for the Presidential Scholars award and Daniel was one of them. After a quick Google Search, he decided (with much prodding from his mother) to fill out the long application to become a Presidential Scholar.
I’d like to tell you that I urged Daniel to complete the application beause I loved him and cared for him and I thought it’d be good for his future but the truth was that I totally wanted to meet Barack and Michelle Obama.
“Daniel” I said, “imagine how awesome it would be to shake the Obamas hands and then hand them a business card for All Fooked Up.” That was my rationale. Daniel, of course, was disgusted with me but Keely told him to apply because it would be good for his resume.
He did apply and lo and behold, he became a Presidential Scholars semi-finalist. This was quite a coup because there were only 500 semifinalists. The top 151 become Presidential Scholars. The other cool thing was that each candidate nominated a teacher who “inspired” them and Daniel’s teacher was a new US citizen and we were excited for her to receive such an honor.
When the time came and the candidates were announced, Daniel wasn’t chosen. I was totally bummed. Not for Daniel but for me. I totally wanted to go to Washington DC and meet the president and go to the White House.
So THAT’S why Andie told me that Obama didn’t make it anyways. You see? Even if Daniel had won I wouldn’t have met the Obama’s. So there you are???
That’s why I laughed although really Andie, couldn’t you have sent that in the morning??