Saturday, May 23, 2009
When You're Six. . .
. . . big things happen.
You can be in an opera. The Three Piggy Opera, specifically. Olivia was offered a speaking part, but declined it in order to bask in the glory of the chorus. And glorious it was.
My favorite song ends with the line "delicious, nutritious, garbage stew". John's favorite begins with "That old big bad wolf he was hungry for pork, hungry for pork."
Proof #2: You graduate from kindergarten. Soberly, of course, and with great pomp and circumstance.
Proof #3: You can give gifts to the teachers and bus drivers you adored all year, and you can write your own thank you notes. My favorite lines from the notes:
"Thank you Miss Rose for driving my bus. Thank you for lit [letting] me hav magsin [magazines] every day." (What magazine is my child reading every day on the bus? She answers that question with "The lipstick one." Does that make me feel any better?)"Thank you Miss Kim for driving my bus. (She has one bus driver to pick up and one to drop off.) I love you very much. Love, Olivia Wells the one with Simone" (our neighbor)
" Thank you Miss Kobb for tech [teaching] me. Thank for gamz [games] and sentrs [centers]. I love you very much." (One of the great compensations for all those saints who teach kindergarten must be all that love flowing so freely around. I know that as a junior high teacher, I never received a card that said "I love you very much.")Olivia picked out the fabric for these totebags we gave to her teacher/bus drivers. They were inspired by this, (although mine is quite a bit simpler) they're not very hard to make, and I think they turned out really well.
Proof #4: You can participate in a three-legged race with a boy who is not your favorite person, be kind, and enjoy it anyway.
Proof #5: When your grandpa comes to visit for your birthday, you can read books to him after he reads books to you.
My dad had to leave early this afternoon, and we are already missing him.
Happy Birthday, big girl. It seems like you were 6 days old just six minutes ago.