Well the first day of school was here, and as quick as it came it was over! The excitement of the beginning of the new school year is always so fun. Believe it or not, as a teacher, my favorite time of the year, right up there with the last week (well, I have to be honest) is the first day! The children are always so excited and enthusiastic, and trust me, we have to appreciate it while it lasts!
So, Charming Child was up at the crack of dawn this morning. She informed me lastnight that she was going to get up at 6:00 a.m. so she could relax and meditate, yes meditate, before she had to go to school (at 8:50 a.m.) Seriously, I don't know where she comes up with this stuff . . .my idea of a good morning is to get up thirty minutes before I have to leave and then meditate while waiting in the Starbucks drive-thru while Ms. (or Mr.) Barista McPerky makes my coffee!!
Upon further investigation of my annual first day of school pictures, I realized she didn't get up to meditate at all . . . she got up at 6:00 a.m. to paint her damn fingernails! After all, 5th grade is the new Freshman year and it's all about the look and the accessories, thank you very much London Tipton!!
All in all, I think the first day of 5th grade was successful, except for the fact that her prepackaged supplies weren't on her desk waiting for her . . . Apparently being the first one to turn in a check was a bad thing because they weren't ready to be organized and put the checks in a safe place . . .however, the problem has been rectified and she will have everything tomorrow.
I'll leave you with her responses to the annual first day of school interview:
1. What was your favorite part of the day? Getting to be in Mrs. R's class because she is nice and organized and fun and strict. She always makes sure everyone follows the rules and she likes teamwork. (Ummm, maybe she misunderstood the question . . . )
2. What was your least favorite part of the day? Math I guess, because I don't really have a least favorite part, but it was the only work we had to do. (Aha, there's my baby girl . . .whew, I thought for a minute I had brought home the wrong child . . . strict, teamwork, rules!!!)
3. What are you looking forward to in the 5th grade? Getting good grades, learning new stuff, and going to the State Capitol.
4. What are you not looking forward to this year? Running the mile in P.E. (She has been talking about this mile since about 3:00 this afternoon . . . damn the school district for trying to keep the kids in shape! )
5. What do you want to be when you grow up? A singer, an actress, and a journalist, but first I have to learn to spell. (And if any of you tell her about spell check, I will personally come after you, because the girl DOES need to learn to spell!)
6. What do you want to learn this year? How to read faster and long division and how to spell. (Mrs. R, I'll give you a bonus if you can teach her how to spell 'long division'!)
7. If you were the teacher, what rule would you have? No talking in class during inappropriate times. (No, seriously, am I speaking English clearly, or do I really have the wong child?)
P.S. I started C.C. on a "Less Sugar and No Processed Foods" Diet . . . I have tried damn near everything else to get her less than desireable behavior under control, so maybe a different diet will help. So far, so good . . . there has been ZERO door slams tonight, ZERO screaming fits, and NO obnoxious behavior for the sake of being obnoxious! I know, I shouldn't put my horse before my cart, or my cart before my horse, or something like that, but still, quietness, in any amount, is a beautiful thing around here!
Everybody have a great day!