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. 🙂