Apparently I am not alone in my praise for Mitchell's Junior Speech. Several people took time from their busy day to text message him or send e-mail afterwards. Since there was lots of hugging and congratulating in the lobby, I did not think anyone would actually put thoughts to written words as a follow up. The written word is a powerful thing. This confirms my stand and justifies yet another blog post.
Without totally embarrassing Mitchell (yeah, right?) or revealing the staff members at Columbus Academy (who made these remarks) I have just entered these comments without the author's name- their anonymity should be protected - and should they see and read this blog- by all means, leave a comment and shout it out again. We are all in this together. C'mon Collin and Frankie, I know you read the blog- tell us in the comments, in your own words, what did you think?
Here are the unsolicited remarks made by the staff at CA:
I don't know you at all. I hope I get a chance to.
I found your speech to be moving, inspirational, and important. After
your speech, I went to my wife's classroom to say hello (and, okay, to get
a piece of cake.) Because of your speech, I didn't take that simple
moment for granted.
You seem like a great kid. Maybe I'll get a chance to be your teacher
next year. If not, I will have missed out.
Thanks for sharing your strength and honesty today.
Just wanted to congratulate you on doing such a terrific job with such a
difficult topic. I lost my dad in 2nd grade and can absolutely relate.
Do know you've got another person who understands (at least to some
degree) and is in your corner!
What a wonderful speech you gave this morning. I am so proud of you and
all you have accomplished despite the tough challenges you have faced.
You were tremendously poised and articulate this morning - and I cried
like you'd expect. I know Jimmy feels blessed to count you as a true friend and as a
This Bonus mom comes by her bragging rights honestly. Thanks again Mitchell you are the finest bonus son a bonus mom could ask for. And next time I see Coach Collis I will laugh at his celebrity status. Perhaps you guys can sign autographs together?