Grampy and I have been going through withdrawals this week because we haven’t seen Amara in forever! Her Aunt was here visiting from Virginia last week and it was one of her other Grandpa’s birthdays. PLUS, I worked a lot of extra hours last week so I didn’t get to just “stop by” for any short visits. I have also missed Amara’s Mommy something fierce. Well, Friday was a short day for me so I told Jenna that I would meet them at their house after school. I might have made it to go with her to pick Amara up (which I love to do) but you never know with traffic and I didn’t want to risk being late. I got to their house before they did and got many hugs and kisses from the dogs and cats.
They got home and Amara came rushing at me and threw her arms around me as if we hadn’t seen each other in forever — it was wonderful! She immediately started telling me — going at a thousand words a minute — that she had been chosen Special Citizen of the Week! This is a coveted award! She explained to me that it means for one week you don’t sit at your group table but you sit at a special desk by yourself next to the teacher! The person who had it last week was sick one day and so they are going to split the day on Monday! The other student will sit at the desk in the morning and she will have it for the afternoon and then the rest of the week. “That’s fair Grandma!” and she is throwing her arms in the air and walking around in circles while she talked at super sonic speed. I thought it was so neat the way she was willing to share her first day! She was just thrilled. This may have been more exciting than the honor roll, her author award and everything else combined!
Other perks — you get a special stuffed animal on your desk, you get to help the teacher all week and you receive a “get out of homework free” pass.
Jenna told me about picking her up from school — normally Amara is lagging towards the back of the line talking to all her friends but Friday she was at the front of the line going full speed and grinning from ear to ear! She told Jenna the exciting news and then she had to go tell everybody else! She was so proud. When she got home, of course she told me and then she couldn’t wait to call and tell her Daddy! The kids have done such a great job with her. We went to Jamba Juice and then to the Barnes & Noble. I think it is wonderful that going to the bookstore for Amara is like being let loose in the candy store! She loves books. Jenna let her get some new ones to celebrate.
AND — Jenna went through Amara’s backpack and she had gotten her mid-trimester review — it isn’t a report card just something to let the parents know how the kids are doing so far — all fives and one 5+ in reading! Amara looks at me and says — “This has been a good day for me Grandma”. It sure was a fun afternoon for me.