Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Gentle Giant

Sorry I've been so absent.  I don't have any real excuse except that life gets pretty mundane sometimes :)  Sure, we're busy...but I haven't had anything going on that's worth writing about.....except this:

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If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you've heard me talk about Cade's size and how he has always been much bigger than his peers.  You have also heard me talk about how horrible Cade's "terrible twos" were for the both of us!  When Cade was 2, Bryce was 7 and Braden was 5.  It was painfully clear at that point that I had three VERY different personalities.  I alway said that Bryce would be the one to get picked on because he's so sensitive, Braden wouldn't have any problems because he's so easy going and Cade would be the bully.  Thankfully, that did not come true and Cade has learned to use his size to his advantage and to the advantage of those who need a little extra help.  We have always encouraged him to make sure he's taking up for anyone being bullied. 

Last week, he came in from school and started telling me about his day.  He said that while they were in the bathroom, a school bully (and his buddies) were picking on a child with special needs.  Cade told them to leave him alone.  The boy got mad and pushed Cade, who shoved him right back.  Cade turned away and this kid punched Cade in the cheek!  He punched him hard enough to leave a mark, but not enough to really hurt him.  Cade said he wanted to punch him back so bad, but he didn't.  When he left the bathroom, he told the teacher that the boys were picking on someone, but didn't tell her about the punch.  A little girl who overheard about it ended up telling the teacher.  The boys were already in trouble for bulling the other kid but really got in trouble when the full story came out.

I am so proud of Cade.  I'm glad he didn't punch the kid back, but don't think I would have been upset if he had.  I want him to have the back of those that can't take up for themselves.  It is so important!  It makes me wish he was a little closer to the girls in age.  He would be a great bodyguard for them!!  lol...

I hate that he got punched, and that this could happen in school, but it was worth it to take up for a child in need.

14 comments:

Sharon said...

How awesome is that! Way to go Cade!

Amy said...

I gotta tell you- this story almost brought tears to my eyes. What an incredible boy you've raised!! I wish all kids could be exposed to "special needs" on a personal level so they could realize differences don't make people "bad," just different! And that's what makes life interesting! Cade is a very special person (just from the stories I've seen on your blog)-- heck, all your kiddos are!! :)
~Amy
www.bab ybellylaughs. blogspot.com

Brooke said...

Tears... Seriously, you have to be SO proud of your sweet boy!! He is darling and has an even more amazing heart! Go Cade!!!

snekcip said...

This is truly a touching story. I commend your GENTLE GIANT on how to be the BIGGER GUY.


Cade, your mature actions will far exceed that "hit on the cheek". You are an incredible young man and no doubt a wonderful friend and classmate. Cade keep being an example to your peers. If we had more kids like you, these "bully incidents" would be eradicated.

snekcip said...

*also wanted to commend the "young girl" that also decided to step up and tell what the "bully" did to Cade. Kudos to TWO WONDERFUL KIDS!!!

Shannon said...

What an amazing story that shows his true character. God bless him and you too for raising him to be so kind-hearted and looking out for "the least of these."

Kristi said...

As the mom of little nonverbal precious girl with autism, from the bottom of my heart, thank u for raising such a kind hearted sweet soul!! Please tell Cade that it is stories like this that inspire families like mine. I believe God will bestow extra special blessings Cade's way for standing up for God's special children!!

Teresa M. said...

You can give Cade a pat on the back from me! As a mom to a special needs child, I know this could be in his future (but God did bless my son with a tough personality!).
Honestly, the "bullies" should be taught better at home!! It's a shame that at that age, they don't realize what they may face in their life (they may end up with some type of debilitating injury or have a child with special needs). I've heard adults make comments or use terms that make me so frustrated!!

There is nothing sweeter than a boy with a tender side!!

The 5 Bickies said...

Way to go Cade! He will be tonight's topic at the dinner table. I want to see what my boys would have done. Hopefully just what Cade did!

The Gutmans' said...

This brought tears, our oldest son is special needs. What a proud momma u must be. We've had bulling issues, sounds like we need a Cade around :)

Jennifer said...

Aww Jen! I know you're so proud of your sweet boy! It gave me goosebumps reading it. That's so mature of him just to walk away and not punch back,...even though the other kid deserved it! Good to know the girls will always have bodyguards, no matter how much older they are. Kudos to y'all for good parenting:))

3 Peanuts said...

You are raising such a fine young man. He is so brave for helping the boy who could not help himself and so retrained that he did not punch back!!! Incredible!!!!

Bullying makes me physically ill to think about, It is so rampant. I am going to share this story with Harry today when he gets home as he is working on a major anti bullying campaign here and will love what Cade did.

You should be very proud of him.

Stacy said...

Oh! SWEET CADE!!!
He sounds just like my Wesley!

Way to go Cade!!!

Miss you guys!

Sharon Ankerich said...

You know what they say~ The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. What a great son you have raised!!! XO

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