My kid got the honors... but our car won't be getting a bumper sticker

Last week we received some exciting news:  The Pea has made the Honor Roll for the first semester of 6th grade!  Truth be told, we have no idea what being on the Honor Roll signifies: whether only the top 1 or 5 or 10 percent of students get it, or whether everyone with an A or A+ or B+ grade average gets it.  "Honor Roll" definitely has an air of distinction about it, but then again, in this day and age where just completing all your homework for a week can earn a kid a certificate, or just entering a tournament can earn him a medal, it's hard to tell whether this award really means something.  On the other hand, The Pea is a pretty good student, and she has been bringing home mostly perfect scores on assignments.  One of these days I'll get around to asking a teacher exactly what it means, but for now we are assuming it is a Big Deal, and acting accordingly.

As a reward for her accomplishment, we ate out last weekend and The Pea got to choose the restaurant, and we're giving her some money to get her a bit closer to that iPhone she's desperately saving up for.  Apparently that is not enough:  she wants us to get The Bumper Sticker.  You know, the one that says "Proud Parent of an Honor Student at XXX Middle School" or "My kid is an honor student at XXX Middle School". maybe we should tone the celebrations down?

It's not that I'm not proud of what The Pea has done.  On the contrary, I'm bursting with it.  But  those "proud parent" bumper stickers are a wee bit self-congratulatory and smug.  Not to mention tacky.  And when I say "tacky", I mean "bragging to the general public, 24/7, about  how smart your kid is, years after he graduated from middle school, shows a lack of humility, refinement and taste" kind of tacky, as well as "leaves behind a gummy residue even after the sticker has faded and cracked and you've sweated for hours to try and scrape it off" kind of tacky.

So to The Pea I say:  I do apologize, honey, but no, thank you, I'd rather not put that bumper sticker on our van.  But don't worry.  I know this was a real accomplishment, and I want you to know how proud I am of you.  And I do want the whole world to know how proud I am of you.  I want to shout it out from the rooftops!  -- but I want to do it my way.  Instead of bragging via bumper sticker, I'd rather brag via blogging, via Facebook, to people who know you and love you -- friends, family, yes, even blog readers because they've followed your progress over the years!  These are people who will also be proud of you and happy for you, which is why I'd rather share the news here than on a bumper sticker.  After all, a bumper sticker will crack and fade away, but a blog post lasts forever.

And with that said, allow me to brag a bit.  Here's MY bumper sticker!

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kim said...

Congrats! The first time my older son earned one of those he gave his car sticker (thankfully, a plastic clingy one) to a classmate who said her parents would be upset if she didn't make honor roll.

My younger son would like it on our car mostly because he likes when we're driving around, say in Chicago, and we see families from school that we identify via their sticker. But we haven't yet.

I think the trend toward these stickers started years ago when parents would slap on bumper stickers noting that their child was in this or that sport and the more academically inclined kids were left out.

bonggamom said...

Kim, I'm glad (okay, relieved) I'm not the only one!

David churchley said...

Well done that young lady, any one who gets praise at school must be doing well, keep it up and let us in England talk about you with pride. Nana & dar.xx

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation said...

You can show off your serious side, represent your favorite sport team or display humor, whatever suits you the best. That's one of the great things about these stickers.

Unknown said...

Congrats The Pea! Any parents will be proud of the achievements of their children. And I am so proud of you Bonnga Mom because you find ways how to show how proud you are as parents to her. Anyways, like the your bumper sticker label, so cute and beautiful design.