Monday, February 27, 2006

I'm Tired

I worked today, as a favor for a nearby clinic. I don't usually work on Mondays, but this clinic is close by the house. Anna thought it was great, because I dropped her off on my way to work (usually I leave way too early so Anthony has to do it). I also came and ate lunch with her.

I really like eating lunch at her school. All the kids sit at their little desks and they are so quiet! They had set up a little desk for me next to hers. I sat on the miniature chair with my knees bumping the desk, eating my sandwich. Anna whispered to me about her "lessons" and what we had to do after lunch. It is amazing what these kids do at Montessori school! They clear their plates, throw away the trash, get a small white broom and dustmop and clean the crumbs off their table, wipe down their table with a small sponge, dry the table with a small cloth, get a large blue broom and dust mop and sweep up the crumbs under the table, then sit and wait to be excused! Anna proudly told me what to do, and some of her friends rushed to get us supplies (sponges and brooms, etc).

She loved having me there, and kissed my hand several times, then told me when it was time for me to go. She gets so in "school mode," its almost like she's under mind control when she's there.

After her dad picked her up, they stopped by the clinic where I was working, and she got a tour of the hospital and a chocolate kiss - when offered a second chocolate, she said, "I'll give it to my little brother!" Anna saved them both until after dinner then proudly brought them out in the little vet clinic bag and gave one to Colin. She ate hers in little nibbles; he popped the whole thing in his mouth. Great way to end the day - with a kiss.

5 comments:

Emily said...

What a sweetheart! That's Anna at her best. Just warms your heart.

I agree, the one day I picked Anna up from school early so we could meet Uncle Tom at Chuy's for lunch, the kids in the front room were already set up at their desks, waiting patiently and quietly to begin eating. Amazing!

Aunty Norma said...

That's a lovely story,Jenn..those chairs really are small aren't they? just shows how quickly kiddies grow up!xx

Anonymous said...

Anna is such a cutie! =)What a sweet big sister...Colin-O is lucky to have a sis like her. Heck, my brother doesn't even give ME candy.....*Ha,Ha*

Wow, Jenn! Goin' above and beyond what you need to do! That just proves your an excellent vet(and person) because everyone wants your superb expertise..!=)

Get some R&R...if that's possible in your hectic life....

Love-Bevie-

Leigh-Ann said...

I love the story about Anna's school and the chores/manners she's being taught. It's great to see the concept of personal responsibility being reinforced at school, and being done in a way which the kids seem to enjoy. I know that homelife can often be hectic and unorganized (not a critique of your life, just life in general!), so I'm glad her school has found a way to give kids a routine they can take pride in. I hope that when I'm old and grey, kids like yours are the ones in charge -- a chocolate kiss in every pot!

Library Lady said...

Can you send one of your Montessori teachers up to the school from hell I ranted about yesterday? :)

Of course, those moms would probably go into the school, see the kids actually being required to do something THEMSELVES and withdraw them immediately....