Thursday, January 20, 2011
"Mommy! I got first place!"
"Yes baby, it is!"
I'm a horrible mother. I looked at the painting and wanted so much more for it. I had made suggestions, but in the end, everything was done by her. She did it, "Mom, I've got it," and I let her roll with it. It's the artist in me. But then, what did I turn out when I was in first grade? I don't really quite know. I know that I won an award for being the best with scissors. I cut along lines like a pro. I think I won a Hershey bar as a reward.
I admit that I knew that Reflections was a very low-participation thing last year. (There were three pieces total.) I knew that if K- entered, the likelihood that she would win something was pretty high. I knew that if she won something, it would be a nice feather in her cap.
I never in a million years expected 1st place. That's exactly where the horrible mother thing comes in place.
Now, remember in the beginning of school when K- won first place in the school garden fair? That I expected. I knew that she had grown the tomato from seed, she had tended the plant, eaten the fruits and loved that she took a little project from Lowe's and could haul it into school and win with it.
I under-estimated my child. I feel about an inch tall.
Smiles in my day:
- K- being so proud about her award. We're thrilled right there with her.
- I stopped in to drop off a class party flier for Mrs. S- to read over today and asked her about yesterday's testing. She said that it went well and she had 5 more to go. I mentioned K- telling me that last time and this time she was unable to complete before the bell. Mrs. S- gave me a sad teacher look. "Oh, none of the children did. When we do calendar, I'm going to mention how well everyone did and let them know that no one was able to complete before the bell." I think that she probably figured that if K- was voicing her concern about it, there was probably another child in the same boat. So kind for her to clarify that with the children. I didn't ask for that, but since it was the second time and it was starting to stress K- out, I figured that I'd mention it. I'm glad that she has a teacher that I can do that with.
- Much accomplished at work and I'm exhausted. Julia and I have hauled this week and the gallery no longer looks like the clearance section at the thrift. We left beat, but happy.
Have a wonderful day!