Thursday, August 4, 2011

Conversations About School

Over the weekend, the Gutsy Family was driving around town in Jay-Jay (the minivan) when Jillson suddenly blurted out:

"What if people at school laugh at me?"

"Oh, honey," I said, "Nobody's going to laugh at you."

"But what if they do?"

I thought for a moment and then said "Well, you can always find a friend who isn't laughing.  Or you can tell Mommy all about it at the end of the day.  Or you can always talk to your teacher about it.  She's there to help you.  But no one will laugh at you.  You are going to have a great time at school!"

"But I'm just a little nervous about it.  What if they really do laugh at me?"

So the Gutsy Dad said, "Just laugh back!"

And she said "No, Papa, I don't want to laugh back because that might hurt their feelings."

I just love her.


After dropping Jillson off at the bus stop yesterday morning (first day of school), Maddie grabbed my hand and said, "Let's go home now!"  While we were walking back, she said:

"It pretty here." (pause.)
"It pretty here than Kansas." (pause.)
"Jillson on the school bus. She not here." (long pause.)
"I sure she come back later."

I just love her, too.

1 comment:

Rachel said...


You've got yourself two very special girls, Gutsy Mom! I have to share with you a conversation I had with Jillson when I visited you (you and Maddie were out getting sandwiches). She asked me what time E goes to bed and I told her it just depends but usually by 9 or 10. She was utterly shocked! I asked her what time she went to bed and she said, "At 7! I'm just a kid, you know!" I'm proud to report E goes to bed much earlier now. I think about this conversation almost every night :)