Mommy’s Homework Assignment

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Within a few weeks of their birthday, each child in my daughter’s class gets to be “Star of the Week.”  It’s a cool and creative assignment, which allows each child to show their individuality.  My daughter will bring in 5 special items from home, 4 fun photos, complete an “All About Me” poster, and also read her favorite picture book to the class. The week culminates by receiving a birthday book with handwritten letters from her classmates.

I was in love with the assignment – until I learned that parents have to write a letter about why their child is special and the teacher will read it aloud to the class.  My husband and I have to write a letter – wait, who am I kidding? – I have to write a letter.  Man, mama has homework!

How does one accurately describe how your child is special without making it sound too cliché?  What words do I put down on paper?  I start to think of what I should write about and…nothing.  Drawing a blank.  Oh my goodness – do I not “know” my daughter?   Oh my goodness – maybe she’s not special!  I think I may need to have a mom/daughter day ASAP just so I can pay closer attention to her and figure this thing out!

This assignment that should be so natural to a parent, put me into a tizzy.  Of course she is special – but why?  Think mama, think!

  • Well, I think she’s special because of those beautiful blonde curls and sparkling blue eyes.  And her hair does have the tendency to make her look like Cousin Itt from the Addams Family, which often block her pretty eyes. She started wearing glasses over those amazing eyes at 5 years old and she never gave it a second thought.
  • She will only wear sneakers.  We’ll buy one pair of sneakers and she will only wear those until they are completely worn out.  As a self-proclaimed shoe whore, it’s a characteristic that I simply do not understand. And as soon as we walk into our house, she takes off those sneakers and one sock.   Just one.  Consistently one sock comes off and one stays on.   She will hang around the house all evening with one sock.  Every. Day.
  • She is a picky dresser, but truly has the worst fashion sense!  If I give her a matching outfit to put on, she will wind up changing either the shirt or the pants – which ultimately makes a mismatched outfit!
  • She has hundreds of stuffed animals and knows all of their names.  She sleeps with as many that can possibly fit in her bed with her.
  • She is the easiest person to buy a present for.   She can play with anything and have fun.
  • She loves the show “Chopped,” but calls it “Chomped.”
  • She can eat ice cream for every meal and then ask me why she is cold.
  • She finds it hard to say that she is sorry or to admit she is wrong. Remember Fonzie on Happy Days and that he couldn’t say the word “sorry”?   That’s my girl too.
  • She appears quiet and shy, or even unfriendly, to most people. But I’m telling you – she may be the goofiest person ever.  You just have to get to know her  – and soon you might be sporting fake mustaches with her too.
  • She LOVES that her birthday is December 25th.  A part of her feels that the holiday season in a celebration for her too.
  • She can be adorably sweet and gives the most wonderful warm hugs.  And when sitting down with her on a couch that can fit up to 6 people, she’ll sit down so close to me that I can hardly move my body.
  • She’s special because when she says “Mommy, I love you” and I say “I love you too,” her response is always “I love you more.”
  • She is special because she looks up to her big brother so much, even though she’d never tell you that.   And adores her daddy even more.
  • And last, but not least, she is quite special because she made us a full family.

These are some things that make her special to me.   But is this what I write about in my parent letter?  Well, this probably isn’t what her teacher is looking for.  And my daughter would be a little embarrassed too.  So I doubt very much that anything I said here will make it into the letter for school!  But thanks this mommy’s homework assignment, it gave me the chance to really think about my little girl for those funny, unique and quirky qualities that make her who she is.

Would others read through this and think “special?”  Nah, probably not.  And trust me – I get it!  But I think that’s what it’s all about.  These are things that make her special to ME.  And I’m looking forward to lots more “specials” for sure!

And now it’s your turn.  Your homework assignment:  Take a little time to recognize these “specials” in the important people in your life. THIS is what makes them who they are – in your eyes, in your heart and in your soul – to YOU.

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