Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Last Tuesday was Madelyn's first day of school. I will admit I was worried about sending her because she didn't know any of the other kids or the teacher. But as soon as we got there our little miss independant sat right down, kissed me goodbye, and said I will see you later mom. This made me a little sad because I thought for sure she would get upset to watch me leave! Two hours later I picked up Madelyn who was all smiles. She loved school and she loved her teacher Mrs. Doggett. As we were driving home I started asking her how her day was to which she replied it was fine. I said well what letter did you learn about, her response was "I can't remember". I said well I think it was the letter "C". She said yeah the letter "C". A few moments later I said Madelyn what letter did you learn about today (I was trying to be a good mom and reinforce what she did at school), this constant questioning by me was really starting to bug her and so she politely said "Mom, I really don't want to talk about it anymore". Okay.....conversation over! My next question was whether or not she liked her teacher Mrs. Doggett, her relpy shocked me! She said "Mom, she is nice but Mrs. Doggett is fat". I have no idea where she learned that because we don't use that word in that context. I said Madelyn we don't call people fat, it will hurt their feelings. She said but mom Mrs. Doggett is a really fat teacher. Again, I said Madelyn we don't say that! She said well then what do we say mom? Hmmmmm, well Madelyn we say Mrs. Doggett is a very nice teacher, okay? I only got silence from the backseat, so I said Madelyn do you understand we don't call people fat? Her reply...."Mom, I don't really want to talk about that anymore". Conversation over.....again. I know at least part of the conversation sunk in because today when she was talking to her grandma on the phone my mom asked her how she liked her teacher. She said she is nice grandma but we don't call Mrs. Doggett fat because that will hurt her feelings. Let us hope she remembers that the next time she sees her teacher!

10 comments:

Misty said...

sounds hauntingly like a conversation i had with emma yesterday after school, only it was that i asked her something and didn't really listen to the answer. then i asked her again a minute later and she totally jumped down my throat. the joys of independant children!

Mandee said...

Gotta love em'! They say things and it makes you stop and wonder how they grew up so fast!

Jessica said...

Yeah, I let Em walk home from the bus stop by herself for the first time yesterday and when she walked through the door I shouted, "Emily! You're home!" She looked at me all disgusted and said, "Don't sound so excited, Mom." Apparently, coming home to her adoring mother is quite painful for her. Independence is good and healthy, right?

Mandee said...

That is what I keep telling myself!

Suebee said...

I would say you aced your first day of school after school conversation. It only gets more interesting from here.

Mandee said...

Susan....don't tell me that!!!!

emma jo said...

Sounds just like my kids...from what I can gather of our after school talks, they sit around all day and stare at each other, they don't learn anything and don't do a single thing all day. I thought girls were supposed to be especially chatty and connected in a womenly sort of way. Oh well. I'll keep bugging them, everyday after school.

Mandee said...

It is just a foreshadowing of events to come. I can see it now....Madelyn is 16, she has just come home from school or something, I ask her so how was it, what did you do? Her response....mom, I told you I don't really want to talk about it.

Suebee said...

You still have Jackson, every child is so different. Alex tells me all about his day at great length and detail. Then I have to come up with intelligent meaningful comments to help guide his life. Sarah informs me of all the problems at school and how she would be better off homeschooled. Then Spencer just says, It was good and gives me a hug.

Mandee said...

You are so right Susan, each one is very very different.