This Post is Brought to You By the Letter A

This Post is Brought to You By the Letter A


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Here at Thistlewood…..we are right in the middle of PSAT prep.

Practice tests and sharpened number two pencils and geometry and vocabulary and reading comprehension and other mind-spinning subjects.

Our oldest is getting ready to represent in the world of standardized testing.


Yesterday he was entering kindergarten.

And then I blinked.

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I can still remember him running in the first day of school….whirling through the room and energetically tossing his Thomas the Tank Engine backpack onto the floor…..

….and handing me a crumpled piece of paper.

I looked at the paper and he looked back at me wide-eyed.

“Look….mom….it’s the letter A.”

And so it was.

A beautiful letter A.

Every line and space of the A…..perfectly filled in with the most vibrant shade of red.

“You’re amazing,” I smiled.  ”You stayed perfectly in the lines.”

Upstairs_desk He smiled back.

“I know,” he said.  “Do you know what an A sounds like?  When it’s short it goes like this….ah…ah….A.  I told the teacher I already learned all this when I learned to read….but she told me it was good to be reminded.”

He munched on a cookie….crumbs spilling everywhere with milk dripping down his chin.

“I told her that I really like the letter A and that I finished early….so I filled out the back for her.”

“The back?” I asked curiously.  “You filled out the back?”


And with that I slowly turned over the crumpled-perfectly-colored-in-the-lines-letter-A.

And on the back it in neatly printed kindergarten scrawl read:

Favorite food:  hamburgers

Favorite color:  red

Favorite dessert:  chocolate chip cookies

Favorite show:  thomas the tank engine

Favorite song:  if you’re happy and you know it

Favorite person:  my dad

I finished reading and looked up to see him smiling at me.

“Yep,” he said.  “After I was done coloring the A….I had some extra time.

So I thought it was important…..

… tell her some “pertinent” information about me.”  :)

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PS  Here’s hoping all that “pertinent” information comes in handy on the PSAT. :)

PPS  I’m sending this to his teacher to thank her for helping to equip him with a lifelong love of learning. :)

Also…..congratulations to entry 512….Victoria!  You are the winner of the Mikasa giveaway!

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