Friday, October 19, 2007
Yin and Yang
Today, I took a vacation day to see the girls in action. It was Grandparent's Day at their school. This is the first year that they are together, Sophie in first grade and Hannah in Beginners. I proudly wore two picture badges on my jacket and then had to be clever enough to spend time with each sister, making sure that neither felt slighted.
First grade was much more organized - Sophie and I worked on a fall-leaf collage and had our photo taken by the teacher. Afterwards, we played Battleship which was an eye opener for me as I never expected to be sinking a battleship with sweet, gentle Sophie. Did I mention that her teacher is a guy? Later, we went to art class and the grandparents and kids got to draw together.
Next came Hannah. I got to hear her sing in French and watched her beat a drum in class. Finally, I joined her on the playground for sports and recess. Believe me, Hattie Belle excels at "sports and recess".
I laugh at the different ways these two kids express themselves.
First, there's Sophie - the sometimes silent, shy, and serious student ...
And then there's Hannah. Blink, and you may miss her ...
It was a beautiful day, topped off with ice-cream sundaes at Friendly's.
Once home, Sophie quietly told me, "Babci, I'm so glad you came today. I really wanted you there."
The pleasure was all mine.