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.
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.”
“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…..
…..to tell her some “pertinent” information about me.”
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!