Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Fragments: Mostly The Girl's Version

My children were squabbling one morning this week as they waited for their waffles to toast, resulting in The Girl exclaiming to her brother, "Well that doesn't mean you deserve a plate and I am your maid!"

I didn't catch what he did to deserve her wrath, but all I could think was, "You go Girl!!!"

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Then, last night, we were working on a project The Boy had been assigned for homework.  He had drawn and mapped out the plan earlier in the week and we were cutting and folding and hot-gluing to assemble it all. I asked him if he wanted to add something and he said, "No, I'm good, I only need that for extra credit."

To which The Girl ~the child with whom doing projects is a nightmare~ says, "The Boy isn't going for extra credit?  So what you are saying, Mamma, is that he is not doing his best????"

OY!!!

*****

For what it's worth, while I understand the merits of Project-Based Learning, I really detest projects.  As such, I only assign what I absolutely have to.  I HATE making ONE as a parent and certainly don't want to evaluate THIRTY as a teacher...

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I received flowers as a surprise at work this week.  The only problem is they were sent to the wrong school.  Luckily, they went to a school at which my neighbor works and in a twist of fate, she was in the office when they arrived and was able to sign for and get them to me that evening.  Needless to say, she had a few questions, since she had no idea there was anyone in the picture to send me flowers.

Apparently she doesn't look out her front window very often after dark.

Apparently I was semi-relieved they went to the wrong place... seems I get embarrassed when someone does something sweet like that in a public way... seems this fits my definition of Public Displays of Affection, to which I am generally opposed.

Who knew???



Mommy's Idea

28 comments:

Karen and Gerard said...

I think your daughter should mind her own business and quit picking on her brother. Hope you enjoy your surprise flowers, even if they did take the scenic route!

Heather said...

Your daughter is like my girls - they don't give their brother a break - EVER. I figure it is good for him. He will make an awesome husband someday.

ooooohhhh flowers. Dating and flowers sound lovely.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

How fun to get flowers! Maybe it is good that your neighbor wasn't watching!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Oh, if only I weren't in a hurry.

I would give you my take on projects from a parent's point of view, but that would be paragraphs long...

As a teach, projects are done completely in school (unless a kid wastes his or her time). It's the process that counts, not the final work. And the process needs to be done by the kids, not the parents who were in fourth grade a long time ago and passed! (I also don't "do" extra credit, but that's for another time!)

Blond Duck said...

Aww! That's sad they went to the wrong school!

Keetha Broyles said...

What a fun/funny story about the flowers traveling around town to find you!

Heather Smith said...

I have to agree with Girl on this one... I make my daughter do all the extra credit assignments...

Wayne W Smith said...

I always encourage the kids to put their maximum effort into their school work. Maybe they are just unlucky enough to have a professor as a dad but I have always followed that, if I have to do it, I am going to put maximum effort into camp.

Wayne W Smith said...

I always encourage the kids to put their maximum effort into their school work. Maybe they are just unlucky enough to have a professor as a dad but I have always followed that, if I have to do it, I am going to put maximum effort into camp.

Laurie Matherne said...

The flowers traveled a bit, eh? I like that. It will stir the pot a bit more as to who sent them. It's fun having a secret. As far as projects, don't get me started, either, as a former teacher. My own sister used to proudly admit to "helping" her sons with projects which meant they set up the boys to get perfect grades on them. Heaven knows what they would have learned if they had been able to work independently.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I had to laugh at The Girl...my middle daughter adores her older brother and from very early on would do anything he asked her to do, and sometimes I would try to get her to make him do things for himself. One day I heard him ask her for something and she said to him "You've got two legs!" I was proud!! hahaha
I think I would be a little embarassed about the flowers too....happy but it would at least make me blush. lol

Not a Perfect Mom said...

flowers?! me likey this new boy!
and Mom Homework sets me over the edge...

bill lisleman said...

what no picture of the flowers?
As someone else already pointed out it's good that your neighbor did not know too much about flower source.
The biggest problem with a project assignment is finding the line between helping and doing the kid's work.

Shell said...

The Girl is a trip!

Yay for the flowers!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, how I despised when the kids had to do projects. My all time horrible one was making a working volcano. The teacher sent out specific instructions and in them said to involve your friends, neighbors and family......I said if we involve them they will no longer want to be our friends, neighbors OR family! Somehow he got it done....whew....glad those days are over.

Awwww.....love the flower story! How romantic and I'll bet the neighbor will be watching more closely now! :)

Babes Mami said...

So I can't send you a huge elaborate flower bouquet with a singing telegram? Haha

Tami said...

I love your story about the flowers! **giggle** about the "after dark" comment!

AutismWonderland said...

Your girl sounds like a tough cookie - I love it!

I'm not artsy craftsy at all and I am really impressed that you have a glue gun? I hate the very thought of doing a project. My son would be better off on his own.

Public displays of affection annoy me and getting flowers brings too many questions. But the thought was sweet :)

~ Lisa

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Flowers? Excuse me? No kidding ... :> Ehem. Too funny that they went to the wrong school. Oddly interesting, though.

I <3 the girl. She's awesome.

Ann in the UP said...

I love that your flowers took such a circuitous route. The more folks that wonder about your flowers, the better!

Mimi B said...

That is absolutely hysterical the things your daughter was saying! I can't even imagine having to deal with projects from the teacher's side. LOL As for the flowers...so amazing! I can't wait until someone sends me flowers. Well, at home, not at work. =)

Carly said...

It's so sweet that you were sent flowers, but funny that it went to the wrong place!

Stephanie said...

Flowers??? Ohhhh love LOVE!!

Charlotte Klein said...

Awwww you are too cute. Though i feel the same way about public displays of affection. The few times I've received flowers at work, I have had the same reaction. Or maybe it's just because I hate having to explain that to coworkers.

Your kids are too cute... though i would hate to be a teacher and have to grade that many projects, too!

Mommyof1 said...

Awww...the flower story is too cute! Maybe once my son is 18, I'll find a love life again.

Jennifer Gilbart said...

How sweet that you got flowers!

I'm with you on those big homework projects. Whenever my kids have one I end up doing 90% of the work :(

Slamdunk said...

You are my teacher hero with your stance on projects. Fortunately, the Mrs. tackles them all here so I can do important things like watch sports and well blog.

Hehe, I hope you had a super weekend.

Emmy said...

Love your daughter! Too funny. And oh flowers- it would make me blush to get something like that but I would totally love it