Coloring at School
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This morning I went to school with my son for the student/mother (and/or grandmother) breakfast, and we were invited to stay for a while to visit the classroom. I was the only one who stayed after breakfast, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly!
We started with a sudoku puzzle, and then we went to art. I had not intended to stay for art, but all the kids wanted me to stay, and I had a really good time with them. We drew farm animals from a guide book, and then we got to color them with colored pencils. I love colored pencils. You can do so much with them. I like them better than markers or crayons! Anyway, I drew a pig and a duck, and a barn. The book had barns and tractors and fences and landscaping too. My duck looked dorky, so I named him "Dorky Duck" and all the kids liked that. I watched them each be very creative with their farm animals, and we discussed creative license at my table.
All of the kids at my table were polite and helpful and wanted to sharpen my pencils and offer advice and encouragement. Many expressed how much they wished their mothers were there. These are fifth graders, mind you, and they are still wishing their moms were there.
It is true. I have missed very few events that I was invited to be at to support my children, and to those my mom and/or my dad went. Most of the time I am one of the very few parents who are there, and the kids have always expressed how much they wished a parent was there. Have I always been fortunate to have employers that allow for that or are adults just too busy? When I asked one little girl if her mother had to work she told me no, but her mom couldn't stay because she had promised the dog a walk. Personally I think the dog could have and would have waited 45 minutes, but who am I to judge?
I see these kids growing up so fast! Not just mine, but all of them that go to school with my kids. We have so little time when they are young. I find them very difficult at times, but my son was so glad to have me there, that it makes up for all of the aggravating times! I think it made him proud to have me there! I think other parents are missing out, and I think that most employers would be OK with the occasional breakfast at school with your child. Especially because we are given enough advance notification.
I am not judging, I am just sharing my thoughts. Kids need us and we need them! Coloring is good for us! I think I need a new coloring book!
When was the last time you colored?