Mike building a bat house at a 4H meeting
It must be hard to be the youngest. (I would know as the youngest of 9!)
And even harder to be the youngest when your older brother and sister are hyper-overachievers. Straight As (with ease). Play on every sports team (usually as starters). Good behavior at school.
And then there is my sweet Mike.
A good student with As and Bs. But it doesn’t come easily. It takes hard work for those grades.
He dislikes sports. And it takes an effort to be well-behaved with all that energy.
He thrives on the farm. unfortunately, we don’t have a farm, but the farmer up the road has a soft spot for Mike and his nonstop energy. He invites him to ride along with planting and harvest. Tolerates him for hours at a time.
Mike riding along on the farm
Mike has shown a flair for common sense and anything mechanical. Hopefully, this will help him stay focused for years to come!