“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Lillia: This week you have been working extra hard on your homework and other school work. You got your report card last Friday and you got all A’s and A+’s, except for one B+ in Science. That B+ really bothers you, and I can understand that. When I was your age I was definitely very concerned about getting good grades. But, the important thing is really to learn the material. Grades aren’t always an accurate reflection of what you know, and the learning is more important than the letter on the paper, for sure. We were all impressed with your grades, but the bit that impressed me the most was your math score on your most recent standardized test. You went from the 80th percentile in September to the 95th percentile this month — that is a HUGE jump! I know you weren’t thrilled about being in math remediation, but clearly it has been helpful. Your hard work has really paid off and I hope you are very proud of yourself. [Note: Lillia is holding a drawing she did of Joseph Stalin for a research paper — she’s doing an oral report on him today.]
Zane: This week you got the tummy bug that has been going around at your school. Thankfully, it was a one and done sort of situation, and now you are feeling much better. The snow is starting to melt and we took a walk around the block so that we could check each and every drain to see how the water was running. You really need some rain paints because you’ve been coming in from outside just absolutely drenched from head to toe! The best part of your week was when the kids down the street invited you to ride your tricycle with them; they are 7 and 9 years-old, so it was a real treat to hang out with the “big kids.” Right now the age gap seems massive, but in a couple of years you’ll have no problem keeping up with them.