Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Yup. She's ready.

It's taken a week to get around to writing about it, but last Wednesday marked the long-anticipated Smartypants Yuppie School Ice Cream Social! At which our girl held up remarkably well despite the whirlwind afternoon (early pickup from preschool, friend's birthday party, last swim class of the session, all accompanied by changes of clothing and frantic drives across town) and despite the zooiness of the Social. It was in the school gym, and the walls resounded with the childish screams of forty-odd future kindergarteners, not to mention big and little siblings and PTA reps' kids.

The kindergarten teachers dished out ice cream and politely answered silly/anxious questions like: what kind of backpack is best to get? (Doesn't really matter, as long as you can fit a pocket folder in it) and, Can my mom, who will be visiting and doing childcare that week, ride the school bus with MG on the first day? (No, but she can meet her at school if she wants, and there will be people there especially to make sure the kindergarteners get to their classrooms okay.)

Then MG got to poke around a kindergarten classroom and at the afterschool-care room where she'll be spending a couple of hours most days. (There's a loft! and a hamster!)

A few days later I was putting her to bed, and out of the blue she asked, "What's twenty and twenty?"

So I went on about how twenty and twenty is forty, and it's like two tens and two tens, and she already knows about two and two being four...she tuned out the blah blah and said, "So, it's forty?"


"Okay, now ask me again," she ordered.

"What's twenty and twenty?"

"No! Pretend we're in school and you're the teacher!"

"Um...all right...[*slow and slightly condescending teacher voice, probably not too different from the one I use at work*]: MG, what's twenty and twenty?"

"No!! Not that way!! Ask the whole class!!" She gestured out to the invisible class that apparently surrounded her in her bed.

"Oh-- right--ahem: Class, who can tell me what twenty and twenty is?"

MG's hand shot straight up. I turned my teacherly gaze on her. "Yes? MG?"

"Forty!" she declared.

"Very good, MG," I nodded.

MG lay down and snuggled onto her pillow. "I'm gonna knock their socks off," she murmured happily.


Blogger LibraryMiss said...

I bet she will knock their socks off.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

She will kick all their asses! Ha!

8:45 AM  
Blogger liz said...

She's already knocked mine off. What a smart kiddo you have!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

No she did not say that!!!!

Good God. Your kid is something else.

My socks are in the next room right now.

1:43 PM  
Blogger PPB said...

Watch out Smarty Pants Yuppie School, MG is on her way, and she is all that and a bag of chips!!!!!
What an awesome kid!

4:57 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Oh she'll kick ass all right! I love her - and your mum is visiting? Yey!

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Class? Class? Ms. Elswhere has a question for you, class." I used to be suddenly hit with an awareness that I was standing in front of all my students, looking like a big asshole. (An awareness driven home one day in a teacher ed class, when suddenly great laughter broke out, and i hit the memory rewind and realized that i had just dropped a potato chip onto the floor while talking, and then bent over, picked it up & eaten it off the floor without ever noticing I was even eating in the first place). Now I never even think of it. It's just the usual teacher state: we do it with no thought at all, and your 4 year old can recognize it already and she hasn't even started school.


5:59 PM  

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