Joby’s Honor Pinning Ceremony


On Monday morning, Joby received his Honor Pin at his new school.  It was so exciting for him- can’t you just see the excitement in his face?  Actually, it was suppose to be an important moment in his school career but from the moment he woke up he wanted nothing to do with anything.  In his defense it was a lot.  He was sick, it was early Monday morning, he just could not comprehend the thought of having to put on “those fancy clothes”, and most of all he spent his entire first weekend after school visiting with Grandma Diane and Grandpa Larry. Little guy was stacked.  He barely made it out the door at home and he barely made it in the door to his classroom.  It was tough, but we had to leave him at the doorstep of his class, sobbing and begging to go home.  There was no rationalizing with him at that point, you know the whole development of the frontal lobe thing.  No matter how much we were trying to comfort him it was just not going to to happen. He wanted nothing to do with us or what we had to say.  His only  interest was in leaving.  Needless to write, after his “audience” (that would be Brian and I, Grandma Diane and Grandpa Larry)  left, he picked himself up off the ground and marched right on in to class.  Having a lovely teacher also helped!  Afterwards, Joby did move on to the ceremony and did receive his Honor Pin with pride.  As promised, I picked him up after the pinning, Joby then went to the doctor, ditched his fancy clothes for some comfies, rested, ate a couple of huge meals and played with a great big box of new Playmobils. Life was good for little Joby again.  It was amazing to witness the metamorphosis! Good thing, because that little angry face was too much!

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7 Responses to Joby’s Honor Pinning Ceremony

  1. Marie says:

    That face is just precious. The 3 littles make me so proud to see them; Grace you look beautiful & LB Joby so handsome. I love you three.
    Love Mom

  2. Danielle says:

    Well….I was running late (who me?!) and missed the ceremony. Now that I see this pic, I'm a little relieved as that face would have made me cruble.."baby Joby" love him so! Instead Auntie Danielle got a great big, knock you off your knees hug just as you were picking him up which left me with a smile on my face all day. Neighbors often ask me why SA?! Why the commute, why the expense, why, why, why?! Well besides the obvious (best education, in my humble opinion ~and yes biased…full disclosure, I'm an alum!!~you can find in S Fl with the most talented teachers.. period!)there's the Tradition, sense of community and emphasis on Honor and values. This is all wrapped up into one on Honor Pinning Day and is therefore my favorite day of the school year. So happy Joby was able to participate and just look at that proud smile! Still treasure the picture I have of Kayla and Gracie girl when they received their pins…seems like a million years ago and they were SO little! Now if I can just convince the administration that alumni should receive their pins retroactivly (they started this tradition the year after I graduated!! see, I was early for something!)

  3. alison says:

    Complete 180 from the first pic to the pictures of the ceremony…poor little guy!!!! Congrats to baby Joby (OMG we can't really call him that anymore, you know that right? Well I guess we can until he starts telling us he's NOT a baby :)~)


  4. brandi says:

    Of course we can. Since when do we have to listen to a four year old!!! He will ALWAYS be baby Joby!!!

  5. Danielle says:

    Good news…because I don't think I'm ever going to break Colin of the habit…he just might be Baby Joby for life!!

  6. Brian says:

    Joby, you were a champ!!! Way to hang in there. I would have been crying to having to wear a jacket and tie. Do I still own one?

  7. Diane says:

    I was very fortunate to share this special ceremony with Joby and the family. It's true, it was touch and go at first so when I saw Joby come out on the stage all smiles, it made me feel so relieved and so proud of him. What really impressed me was the conduct of the student body. Even though it was raining real hard and they had a hard time getting to the auditorium, the whole elementary student body took their seats and sat very quietly and gave their full attention to what was happening on stage. I think that says alot for St. Andrews and to the parents of these fine young people.