Imagine my thrill when I opened the envelope from school and pulled out a letter that began with the following wonderful words: "CONGRATULATIONS! Your child is a Young Author's Conference winner!" I was verklempt! When I was just a wee one ... well, in the 6th grade, so not-so-wee ... I was a Young Author's Conference winner, so I was thrilled beyond words to have my son follow in those particular footsteps for his picture book titled, "The Zoo".
It almost made up for that other thing he wrote in school a couple weeks ago ... the one where they were describing each family member's hobbies ... what they 'liked' to do. He wrote that Dad liked basketball and football, little sister liked playing and dolls, he himself enjoyed playing with trucks ... and Mom ... well, he wrote that I liked washing dishes and laundry. Seriously ... I almost cried. Not photography, not gardening, not softball, not exercising ... but washing stuff. Grrrrrr......! Actually, maybe if I looked at it as a hobby I would, in fact, enjoy it more. OK, maybe not. I have to admit, though ... he's a smart one ... I AM a bit obsessed with cleanliness ... and, apparently, it's quite evident to my children! ;-)
Anyway ... back to my Young Author ... he ended up getting 3rd place in his first grade class, made more special by the fact that two of his dearest buddies were the ones who received first and second! A very fun day for all of them ... and their proud parents!!