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Saturday, September 25, 2010


Dear Emma,

You're well into your third year in elementary school now, and today, you said something that finally cemented your big girl status. We were in the car, and talking about the day's school activities when you reflected on your spelling test. We had only studied your spelling words together the night before, paying careful attention to the words that had tricky combination of letters. You said that you thought you did good, confident that you had spelled "campground" correctly. And then you said, "we didn't get our tests back today, I don't think she (your teacher) had time to grade them." Oh. My. God. You actually said "grade", as in referring to classwork, as in referring to something other than your current academic standing! I swear, I had a That's So Raven moment. I couldn't help but flash to my Cal days, those mama bear days that became your baby bear days - thinking about how you've grown up in the lingo, about how you know what to expect from academia because you've been prepping for it and taking it in since you were 7 months old. Wow. Babies don't get graded, they get happy-faced and stickered. However, scholars-in-training sure definitely get graded.

Something as simple as a 2nd grade spelling test, as simple as introducing yourself to a friend's father in Spanish, is a testament to who you are becoming and proof that you're unstoppable.


4 comments on "Whoa!"

Radical Selfie on September 27, 2010 at 9:45 AM said...

Unstoppable indeed! That IS a big girl moment. Emma, you are so fortunate to have a mom wise enough to create this space for you and for her to share these sorts of moments. Keep thriving and reminding us just how proud of our little big girls we'll continue to be.

Barbara on September 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

Thanks Akilah. I'm glad that, for her, being bright is the norm =).

Madison Sanders on October 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM said...

Kids are so perceptive at that age. They pick up on what they see, hear, and read. It sounds like Emma is well on her way to a bright future!

Soul Pretty on November 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM said...

Oh, I love those post...and I also love moms who are so perceptive about their kids development...brava.

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