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Friday, May 7, 2010

The Best Teacher

I'm shifting gears for the next few days, y'all, because I am in danger of sounding like I believe there is one way to parent an adopted child. And truly? I don't think there is. What I believe about parenting an adopted child I covered in my post Love and Adoption. Period. That's it. How it will look is very different for every family, for every child.

So I'm gonna stop talking on this for awhile.

Because we all do things differently within our families. And that is okay by me, as long as we work to keep our cups empty. The adoptive parents I admire the most are the ones who listen to (not simply hear) the tough stuff... who strive to consider their children's unique personalities, needs and life stories... and then make purposeful decisions, with all humility, in how they parent said children. Period.

So changing gears now...

I think most of my long-time readers know how very much I adore the Tongginator's kindergarten teacher, Miss Confetti. And, seeing as how this week was Teacher Appreciation Week, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that we did quite a few things to honor our family's favorite teacher. But the one that got me the most? The one that made me grin from ear to ear? Was the note the Tongginator wrote to her teacher during morning class time a few days ago.


I'm sure Miss Confetti felt thrilled to learn that the Tongginator feels she is very, very beautiful butful.

Gotta love kindergartners. Heh.

34 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

I really love her sweet note to Ms. Confetti. Butful? That is adorable! When Josh has these cute misspellings (e.g. minits, mothr), I am loath to correct him right then and there... Didn't want to burst his bubble at being able to "spell" words with no help. :)

Kim said...

Simply butful!

Aus said...

Love the note - just do!

And as for the past posts - well done - and I've passed a link along to our most recent agency with a suggestion that it become part of 'required reading' - just so you know - you did good kid!

hugs - aus and co.

Kim K. said...

So sweet. Having a great teacher makes such a difference. Sounds like Miss Confetti is outstanding.

happygeek said...

Bwhahahahaha

April said...

Save this note to her teacher! She'll love it when she is older!

prechrswife said...

Butfully written! :-)

Aunt LoLo said...

*snort* I'm rather jealous of you right now. Ming Wai hasn't really come into her "creative" self yet, and I'm looking at another paper-flower-less Mother's Day this year. *sigh* Maybe next year, I can be 'butful' too! LOL

jen@odbt said...

I'm sure Ms. Confetti will keep TG's note in her drawer forever. What a sweet and butful note.

Sherri said...

I love it! And I am sure Ms. Confetti will keep it. My favorite part about teaching that age is that the kids think their teachers are so wonderful. I miss everyone thinking I'm wonderful! LOL

My boys (ages 21 and 19) found something that Olivia (7) wrote that said "My peilow is solf". They have teased her relentlessly about it, pronouncing it the way she wrote it. It is now one of those "family sayings".

bbmomof2boys said...

butful...yep, that's a classic!

Hugs,
Carla

snekcip said...

This note reminds me of the note my niece (who is now 18) wrote to her Mother (my youngest sister)*for Mother's Day* her kindergarten year. It said "I love you mom, Your name is Pam and you are my pretty, pretty pink pig". It concluded with "Happy Mother Day Mom " *which included a pig face/snout inside the "O's" as well as, a picture of a pig *with whiskers* and stick legs.

She framed it and still has it to this very day and we still think it's the BEST MOTHER'S DAY card ever!! It still brings about laughter, for she really practiced her "P"s in that note!! LOL!!

Erin @ Closing Time said...

I LOVE it! If one of my girls said I was "butful" I would consider it an honor! However, if they were still writing that in 10 years, I would feel a little sad and wonder if I've failed them as a homeschooling teacher!

Wendy said...

Things kinds of things mean so much to teachers...so much so that I blogged about a note I got this year: http://lilybelles.blogspot.com/2010/01/there-are-many-reasons-i-love-being.html.

It said, "Dear Mrs. Cushing, You are sparkling, dazzling and so beautiful and stylish to me and I love your teaching."

Who knew?

As an educator, I can assure you without a doubt that Ms. "Confetti" will be keeping your daughter's note forever. We teachers keep everything...and stuff like this, well, it reminds us why we entered this profession in the first place.

Sarah said...

Butful. Heh heh heh.

Debby said...

Oh my gosh...that is way too funny. I bet the teacher had a laugh.

Kris said...

omg. i so suck! it's teacher's appreciation week?? i love my girl's teacher. drat and double drat.

LOVE this note from little T. i'm pretty butful myself these days. hence the onset of yoga and running.

Sarah said...

So, so adorable. Little T made Ms. Confetti's day, I'm sure! :D

Myrnie said...

Hey, I'm butful too, but I'm working on it....oh.

So cute :)

Patricia/NYC said...

CUTE!!! Notes like these are just priceless!!

A very Happy Mother's Day to you, my friend!!

Sharie said...

I can't wait until Amelia can write more than Amelia, cat and mom. I'm certain you will get a very butful card for Mother's Day too:)

Norah said...

LMBO... That's code for laughing my BUT(T) off ; )

Christina said...

Too cute! I love kindergarten notes!

Mike and Barb said...

I had a kindergartner boy last year who was in love with a little girl, and he wrote her the cutest littlest notes.
Thank goodness he is MY boy, and I can keep all this cute "shtuff".
Barb

Kris said...

So sweet! I have 2 kindergartners and they are the sweetest note-writers!

Briana's Mom said...

I am feeling quite butful myself today. I went bathing suit shopping this week. Ugh. ;)

Laurie said...

That is just darling! I sure hope my little one has a kindergarten teacher next year that she can adore that way. :) LOVE the butful spelling-too cute!

OneThankfulMom said...

Maybe you'll get a Mother's Day card expressing how "butful" you are.

An early Happy Mother's Day to you!

Lisa

Annie said...

Hahahahaha!!!! Gotta love that girl!!!!

Janet said...

Jeane told me I was butful the other day. That is to say, she told me, "Mommy...you have a big bum!"

Yes dear, I know.

CC said...

TM, as you know I've been away from blogging land for a long, long time. So long, in fact, that I have no idea when you got your awesome new blog redesign.

Not so long, however, to forget how (a) hilarious and (b) brilliant the Tongginator is.

Because this? Is the work of a late first grade student (spelling aside of course).

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

Again, I should have put my coffee DOWN before reading your blog.

Thanks for a great laugh, even if I had to clean up my keyboard!

Tricia said...

Happy Mother's Day to you!

The Gang's Momma! said...

Classic! I love the note.

I'm still steamed that our Teacher Appreciation week got "morphed" out of some stupid sense of political correctness. Yeah, so. We are in the middle of contract negotiations btw. a board than can't (won't) bend and a union that is posturing and politicizing for state-wide change. It stinks.

But the teachers still teach. They still instill. They still deserve to be honored. In my opinion, they deserve it MORE in a contract year. In a big grand way. Not in the namby pamby "every family do what they think is best" way - too easy and too much of an "out."

So, we did it up. And I feel much better now. :)