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La lune du jour
Skylar was full of vim and voom tonight. Although she woke up early to accompany her mother to the airport, she wasn't lagging when I showed up at school to help her put on her martial arts attire. Then, when I told her upon picking her up that her grandfather had come home from the care facility a day earlier than expected, she practically burst through the roof.

The rest of her evening was a swirl of bliss and rebellion, as she demonstrated some of her martial arts defense strategies to him, teased her grandmother, refused to do any of the things I told her to do and exuded so much happiness that it was hard to find the motivation to make her eat her dinner, stop shouting, lay off her nana etc.

I had almost given up on the idea of insisting that she do her homework, which was to make another entry in the "moon journal" that all the kids in her class have been keeping. Seeing the extraordinarily bright disc in the sky on our walk home, however, inspired her enough that she immediately switched gears from her I-want-to-push-buttons mode to her I-want-to-push-my-pencil mode. Fifteen minutes later, her entry was finished:

Skylar is often shy about showing even her parents the work that she does. But she wanted to read me tonight's composition. Her teacher tries to cultivate an appreciation for creative writing by getting students to look for "golden lines." It's a great approach, because it's flexible, yet encourages them to focus on detail. After she'd read me this entry, Skylar announced that it was "full of golden lines," noting that she hadn't spent much time on the image because this time the words mattered more. I'm delighted to see her learning to take pleasure in crafting prose and poetry. I'm delighted to see her delighted.

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From: hipsandquips Date: February 2nd, 2007 07:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
wow. what grade is she in again?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 2nd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Second. I wrote a book in second grade that won a contest. But the language was a lot less sophisticated and the drawings looked like the ones she was doing when she was in kindergarten. Oh, well. I can take pleasure in greatness vicariously. . .. :-)
chefxh From: chefxh Date: February 2nd, 2007 07:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Wow.

Such naches!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 2nd, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Wow.

Naches libre. Seriously.

I loved reading about the dinner Kevin cooked you. I love reading what you write about food, but that entry -- entrée? -- was especially fine.
From: ex_benlinus Date: February 2nd, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You've got a talented little girl there CB.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 2nd, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
She rocks. But she's good at so much that the limited free time in her day gets very impacted. I wish she could get an extra twelve hours each day, because she would use it.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: February 2nd, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm delighted to see her learning to take pleasure in crafting prose and poetry.

Makes you all squirmy with joy, doesn't it? In one of Jet's weather reports at school he wrote that the air temperature was the "the same as my mom's breath on my cheek when she gives me a kiss" and I almost burst into tears!
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: February 2nd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And that is, btw, a fabulously shaded man in the moon. I was getting all squirmy with delight at my own Jet memory that I forgot to comment that!
From: zokah Date: February 2nd, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
perhaps my favorite jet quote yet.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 2nd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Isn't it grand?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 2nd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, it's the awesome of awesome experiences. I almost cried reading your report of what Jet wrote! That's fabulous.

Of course, I wouldn't know what that feels like, since I never got a kiss on the cheek from my mom, at least in the portion of my childhood I remember distinctly, which goes back to when I was two or so.

From: zokah Date: February 2nd, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
it's really difficult to keep in mind her age when seeing her art. sky is this perfect blend of both nature and nurture. i love this prose.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 2nd, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Were it not for the handwriting, which is what I'd expect to see from a second or third grader, I'd have a hard time determining her age from much of the work she does. I love the idea that she's a "perfect blend of both nature and nurture," since her nurture has a lot do with her nature. Genes will out.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: February 2nd, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
SKYLAR IS SO COOL!
letter_2elise From: letter_2elise Date: February 3rd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bravo! :)
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