“A portrait of my children every week in 2016.”
Lillia: This week you received your very first (and hopefully last?) DETENTION. Before we all panic, let me just say that it was 100% academic in nature and had nothing to do with behavior. You have been, and always will be, a child I just don’t have to worry about in that way. Now, I will say that I am not impressed with the policy in question—an automatic classroom detention if you have two late or missing papers for one class. Detentions should be a last resort, in my opinion, and I may have expressed some choice words when I looked at the form I was supposed to sign. You father discouraged me from commenting, but I might still say something, especially if this happens again. Of course, I’ve never been a big believer in “punishing” people and perhaps that is a flaw in my character. But, my direction comes from an authority much higher than myself: mercy triumphs over judgment.
Zane: This week you have been REALLY interested in numbers. You frequently ask me to add two numbers together: “Mom, what’s 7 plus 8?” or, “Mom, what’s 80 plus 6?” I’ve been collecting little quotes from you, too, because you do, in fact, say the darndest things. Here are a few number-related Zane quotes, just for fun: “The biggest number in the whole universe is…11!” or, my personal favorite, “Dad, why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 made 8 cry.” Even jokes gone awry are endearing when delivered by a four year-old.