Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Mother Was a Barbie Doll

It was probably 10 years plus since "Sam" (name has been changed) was in our preschool class.  Sam came from a lower income family.  Which quite often reflects on cleanliness and appearance.  And in this case it did.  Sam's mother was a very large woman who dressed poorly, most likely due to low income and I suspect  spousal abuse. I must interject she did divorce and left the area and I have often wondered how the little family has fared in life.

Mothers Day was fast approaching.  We were busy doing plaster of paris hand prints, seed packet cards and program practice.  Inside the Mothers Day card is a variety of questions we would pose to our 4 and 5 year old students.  Questions about their mother.  For example:  How much does your mom weigh? So nice to know  your child thinks you weigh 4 lbs.  How tall is your mother? She is usually 'this tall' as they would show us with the their hands. What is your mother's favorite food? (Macaroni and Cheese quite often took the number one answer!)  And, my mother is as pretty as...  Most children would say a rose or a flower or a princess.  But the day we 'interviewed' Sam we were in for a treat.  A treat I will always remember.  He was posed the question:  "My mother is as pretty as.."  Without a moments hesitation he replied:  "A Barbie Doll."  I  had never heard a child give this answer before or since.  It was wonderful!!  Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to this little one his mother was a #10.  To the worlds standard she would have fared much lower, but to the one who matters most she scored high.

Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there.  You may not be a perfect mother, but to your little one you are!  Have a great day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Bird In The Hand...

I have installed my humming bird feeder and it has attracted a few cute little fellows.  This morning I tried to quietly sneak out front to take a photo of my new friends.  They caught on to my tactics and whisked off, but what I did find was even better!  Yes, this adorable little bird was in my flower bed sound asleep.  It was a very cool morning with a nice little breeze.  I could not decide if this little guy was someone's pet, hurt or frozen so I picked  him up and brought him in the house.  That was when I discovered he could fly.  Having two house cats I decided it was probably in  his best interest to be turned loose outside. 

I took my camera to Max's soccer game and Dr. John Anderson was there.  Of course, I had to show him the photo and ask him what type of bird it was.  He informed me it was a finch.  I am now wishing I had purchased a bird cage, bird seed and made this beautiful little guy a new house pet!!  Isn't he adorable.  In the next life I want to be Dr. Doolittle!!