Edited to add: oh bugger, Wondergirl has informed me just that she has 4 A* (stars) and not 3 A * (stars)! Sorry for getting it wrong babe!
(excuse the poor photo quality – Wondergirl was embarrassed about me doing this post about her , so i just took a quick snap while she was moving- look, she even has a sunflower crown on her head, she truly is my little princess! LOL!)
The Exam results are in….
10 of which are A’s – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, English Literature, ICT…4 of these are A* stars in Religious Studies, English, Geography and History
she got her 11th GCSE pass in Maths (her only B grade)
In addition to this she also got an A in her AS level in Religious Studies.
She just might be the best thing i ever did with my life.
In fact, i know she is.
(My son is too, of course.)
All the years of agonising over how she hated French and wished i hadn’t talked her into taking it as an option, and she gets a darned A in it!
Of course, I wouldn’t care if she got 6 or 5 or 3 or even 1 GCSE if i knew that she had done the best she could do.
The A stars are wonderful of course, but to achieve A’s in 10 of her GCSE’s is more wonderful than getting a couple of extra stars and less GCSE A passes.
So what I’m really proud of, isn’t only the number of GCSE’s she’s now got under her belt – just to reiterate, for pride and clarity’s sake….she passed all of the exams she took, all at A and A star with the exception of one ‘B’ and that was in Maths – but it is because when it mattered most she knuckled down to her work, tirelessly dedicating years of her life, even from when she was in Primary School, to studying her subjects, even when school was ended for the day. Often times, i believe it was her solace in what was a turbulent homelife, truth be told.
She started out in an underpriviliged area, and has remained in one thus far.
She started off in what would be considered an underpriviliged economic family situation, and she has remained in one thus far.
But for an underpriviliged family.
Let me tell you.
We sure are priviliged.
No certianly that could not be said.
But in another kind of wealth, that of the heart, oh yes.
This girl of mine, she has been through a hell of a lot.
It takes some pretty deep reservoirs of determination to handle all the abuse she witnessed/endured in her younger years when i was married to her step father, and of course, her own Dad had died when she was a baby and contact with his family was difficult to say the least, in fact there was non for almost all of the first 5 years of her life.
It’s been such a close unit.
Me and her and Wonderboy and my parents who have been all but surrogate parents to Wondergirl.
It’s been hard, but its been good, and i would rather have been here with her and with my son than anywhere else on earth.
You know something else?
Not wanting to make this about me, but….
It’s a smack in the face for all those people who think single parents just sit on their lardy arses watching Jeremy Kyle all day, while smoking fags and drinking cheap cans of lager from the ‘Offie’.
The local coppers aren’t on first name terms with all our children.
No thankyou very muchly.
We are not all the same.
I have known and still do know of parents like that.
My brother is a cop (an inspector now) and he always used to have to do stuff like that. Take kids home to their parents. Half the time the parents were as bad as the kids and had no respect for the law. Telling him to bugger off when he took them home.
But most of us single parents do give a damn what our kids are doing and where they are going.
We even care about our childrens futures.
She’s such a pleasant young woman to be around, she’s talented and beautiful and i damned near can’t believe that i had anything to do with giving her life.
Well done Babe, I love you always.