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A Child’s Viewpoint

Published March 17, 2016 by lynn k scott

Last year, this was the conversation I had with my then, 9-year old daughter.  I read it this morning and laughed all over again.  You really have to love a child’s viewpoint.

Lil miss: Mommy? Do you know why we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

Me: Yes, do you?

Lil miss: Yup, because we are leprechauns!

Me: Not quite.

Lil miss: Well look how short we are.

Me: *face palm*

A letter of apology

Published January 20, 2016 by lynn k scott

Most of you know I have a very forward-thinking, original 10-year old daughter.  That being said, yesterday she surprised me with a note she had written when she had downtime in class.

Like many preteens, as a parent I know nothing.  Many situations are met with eye rolls and exasperated sighs.  She’s developing a healthy dose of sarcasm for her retorts to questions (not sure if I am happy or scared).

I will premise the letter stating she has always been a phonetic speller.  I’m happy with diligent work, she is improving.  When I first read the letter, I was crying (from laughing so hard).

For those of you who don’t read phonetics, here’s the translation:

Dear Mom,

I’m so sorry for fighting with you so much because I’m going through my hormones stuff and it is not a good thing at all right now. I’m just sad that’s all Mom!

 

letter

I really didn’t mean to burst her bubble but she has no idea how good she truly has it.  I mean after all, she’ll be receiving her monthly “friend” in the near future and then I bet she truly will understand what “not good” means.

I love she drew the both of us.  She apologizes and I graciously forgive her.  She hasn’t been that bad, normal kid stuff, but I appreciate the effort she put into this.

I know I’m an awful mom.  Sharing a private letter with the world.  I see a child in touch with her feelings, acknowledging poor behavior and using her manners.  I can’t have failed that much as a parent, right?  I’ve got a few years yet before she tells how I’ve ruined her life and all that, but for now, I’ll take these adorable apologies and remind myself what a good kid I have.

Homeschooling Moment

Published January 14, 2016 by lynn k scott

This “memory” popped up on my Facebook page and I laughed just like I did when this first happened.  Kids…lol

Homeschooling moment:

Finished history unit on George Washington becoming the first President. Unit questions in the back. As usual, my daughter keeps it interesting.

Me: Where does the current President live?

Lil Miss: *omitting the word “current”* She responds, “the grave”. (Thinking about GW)

Me: ummm….true….smh

Yup…she noticed!

Published January 6, 2016 by lynn k scott

This morning as the lil miss and I were leaving the office to head out to drop off at school, she looks up at me and says, “Mom?  Did you brush your hair today?”

It’s not role reversal; I assure you.  It’s my daughter’s way of indirectly saying, “Mom, your hair looks like crap today.  I am noticing you didn’t dry or straighten your hair today.  You let its natural body make uneven waves and stray strands do as they please.”

I affirmed I had indeed brushed my hair and told her some days I just don’t feel like “doing” my hair.  That’s allowed, right?  Hell, I am 44 years old now.  My hair, and I, can pretty much do what we damned well please.

I find it ironically humorous, this child will notice my hair, but I practically have to ground her to make her take a shower just to keep hers clean!  Oh to be a nine-year old child and able to judge the fashion-challenged parents of the world.  How I do miss that ability!

Christian School

Published January 6, 2016 by lynn k scott

The end of October 2015 was a transition for our homeschooling family. Circumstances change and we change with it.  For our homeschool, it meant my daughter attending a brick and mortar school.  This time, it would be a very small, private, Christian school.

While I am not a devout Christian, I do have my faith.  I know religion can be a “hot topic” with a lot of people.  While I’m of the Protestant faith, the school we chose didn’t come off “preachy”.

My daughter has Bible classes, memorizes a verse every week and attends Chapel on Friday.  I was teaching her Bible in our homeschool and this new approach was fine by me.  She is surrounded by positive teachers and it’s definitely not like the Catholic schools of decades past, walking around with rulers, waiting to slap at a child’s hands.

The Christmas program included traditional Christmas songs; not “holiday” songs.  Merry Christmas was said without reservation.  My daughter still sings parts of those songs she recently learned, even though Christmas is over for this year.

The lil miss frequently hums, “Amazing Grace”, while setting the dinner table.  I find these new qualities comforting.  I like that she is comfortable enough to express herself.

On our drive to school, she recounted the story of Noah and the Flood, as she was observing all the standing water on the farms that we were passing.

One night, my daughter threw me for a bit of a curve ball on our commute home.  She watched a car cut me off.  I did utter some not-s0-nice words when it happened.  As we passed the offending car, she looked out her window at the driver (who couldn’t see her) and said, “even though you have sinned, God will still forgive you”.

WOW!  I felt a bit guilty at my response to the other driver when my daughter was showing her grace.

For me personally, I believe this was a sign for my daughter to be attending this school.  It’s brought a peace and calm to our lives; for which I am grateful.

I think homeschooling is a great option (one of the best) and wish I had the opportunity to do so again, this private school, really is the next-best thing.  I pray the public school system one day is overhauled, common-core is banished, being “PC” becomes a memory, saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning returns to the classroom and children are reunited with learning.

The morning drive

Published January 6, 2016 by lynn k scott

My daughter rides into work with me every morning as her school is in the same city as my job.  She spends about 45 minutes in my office in the morning and about 1.5 hours in the afternoon.

During our morning drives, we have some interesting conversations.  As I turned onto the last road that would take me into the office parking lot, I looked at the sky and said, “it’s almost 7:30 a.m. and it looks as if the sun is about to set”.  We are having a good bout of rain, grey skies, wind, the works.  It’s a gloomy day to be sure.

My daughter looks at the same sky, looks across the field and says, “it looks like the town is about to be destroyed.”

Wait!  What?  I didn’t get the ominous vibe she apparently did.  It’s amazing how different perspectives can be when there is a 34 year age gap.

I guess I should forget starting a fire in the fireplace tonight and nix the hot chocolate since my lil miss is thinking along the Doomsday line.  Kids…they say the darndest things!

She Got Me

Published January 1, 2016 by lynn k scott

The lil miss just got me good.  We are in the car, listening to music and I say…

“This is John Lennon.  He was with the Beatles.”

She looks at me, shakes her head and says, “DLO”.

I thought maybe she meant I was delusional and couldn’t spell it.  So I ask, “what’s DLO?”

She smiles and says, “spell it backwards”.

I do and start laughing…DLO = OLD. 

Creative appoints awarded to the soon-to-be pre-teen.  Damn she’s good!

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