Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ok, so she ain't going to HARVARD...

Yesterday was parent teacher conference for my Kindergartner, Emerson, who we fondly call Gertie!

Ok, this what went down. I walk in and Mrs. Teacher is grinning from ear to ear!! good sign right, yes, kinda, here is our said conversation...

Mrs. T: " let me start by saying that face, OMG! I love her and those eyes. I could take her picture all day long.. She is a fun little girl, she loves to be outside and kick the ball, she's not your Tea Party type of girl, but she can do that too, if she needs to, I just LOVE HER!

What I am thinking: " who in the hell is she talking about and does she know I am Emerson's mommy?

What I say: She CAN be a sweetheart and of course I think she is beautiful.

Mrs. T: Well, she gets along with everyone and is very tender hearted and caring, and is always helping her Table Partner out with Opening items(he has some Motor skill problems) very subtly without drawing attention to herself or said child.

What I am thinking: Seriously who in the hell is she talking about.

What I say: Oh that is so sweet, because let me tell you, she gives me a run for my money.

Mrs. T: speaking of Money, we accessed her skills and she is a hard worker, knows her letters, writes her name, blah, blah, blah. Well, we went over money value and I placed a nickel down and asked Emerson "how much is that worth"? (this really needs a visual), and she leaned in real close and said 1965. I have never had that happen in all my years of teaching, it was the cutest thing. HAHAHA!!

What I think: Dumb ass, just kidding, it was pretty funny and clever I think.

What I say: Well, sooner or later she will learn the value of a dollar or said nickel, and knowledge and the love of books will soon be an interest for my youngest little girl, but to me honestly, to know that I have a kind child that cares about others, well that is about the finest compliment one can receive. My heart was full.

SO Gertie, this one's for you, thank you for being a kind child. Oh you are probably wondering why we call her Gertie.

Gertie was my late Mother's name, a surly, spirited woman who had the kindest heart of all...


Preppy 101 said...

I love that story. Thank you for sharing it. And you are so right. How she treats others - that's what counts. And speaking of counting - I love the story about the nickel-that is one I will be sharing today!!

High on Hairspray said...

I do love my Emme Lou! what a sweet story. I wish I could have known your mom.

The 5 Bickies said...

I love this post! Hubby & I were commenting about our children's "giftedness", or lack thereof. It most certainly isn't academic but they are kind to others, help those that struggle, and are very polite. They are keepers!

3 Peanuts said...

Hi Beth,

Thank you for your comment! I used to dread each PT conference with my oldest because he was so "busy" and they all told me that he "marches to the beat of a different drum." Now he is a brilliant, calm and mature 5th grader, a real leader. I did have him do a bridge year to give him more time to mature (summer b-day and all).

Gertie sounds simply delightful and just so you know most CEO's of the fortune 500 were c students at state universities. She doesn't need Harvard! Sounds like she is a genius in emotional intelligence which is even more important.

Okay a few more things...thank you for your comment on my blog. YOu are so right...Harry's teacher is breaking his beautiful and joyful spirit and it is killing me. He was the BEST student. his teachers have always said hat Harry set the tone for the classes. They loved him. So this is very sad.

I love the name Emerson. My daughter's name is KAte Emerson.

Amanda-The Family News! said...

What a cute post!!! I have a cousin that calls her little girl Gertie - a family name too!!!

Mad About Plaid Girl said...

I love that...and I do love the name Gertie! SO cute--wasn't that Drew Barrymore's name in ET too?

And thanks for your comment about my MIL. I NEED to hear that..seriously. I try to be so nice and give her the benefit of the doubt, but you are right. SCREW HER

Anonymous said...

No, she's more of a Chapel Hill chick with those carolina blue eyes! Ol' Gertie is going to do well in life with personality AND brains! I'm so glad I've got her in my class!