In the past when my daughter was away from us it was always with family. When she would tell me about her day away it was easy to verify what was reality and what was tall tale. "Uncle Juju got you (meaning me) a BIG trampoline!" or "I pooped in the pool." were easy enough to figure out.
The stories I have gotten from preschool have been quite interesting. Some things like, "I get raisins... no, raisins, want cherries!" are completely plausible. Hearing that one little boy makes big messes and she helps clean them up is also most likely true. And she may have really held a ladybug at recess or a toy one or something.
Then there are the stories like "He ran down the hallway naked!!! She yelled come back here right now!" that I hope are from a book or the imagination. I am certain that "The Jeep crashed in the MUD!" is from a book because we have the same book at home, though we haven't read it in a while.
The school day, as reported by my two year old, is quite the day indeed. And I am so glad to hear that her teacher is loving and tells her "it's ok, I wipe your tears, mommy be back soon." It is reassuring that somewhere between the truth and the tale there was a lively and loving day at school.
I'm so grateful to the wonderful teachers and staff who have helped my daughter and myself with this big transition. I'm grateful to get mini reports from the teacher that she is getting over her tears, eating snack, and being a great helper. I'm grateful to hear my daughter's version of the day and all the exclamation marks that find their way in as she experiences new things. I'm grateful to know she is brave, strong, and so loving. I'm grateful for a child that can communicate so well and puts so much personality into her diatribes. I'm even grateful for the laugh it gives as I try to figure out the real from the fantasy.
What is the funniest thing you have heard out of the mouth of a child? If you have a child, what is your favorite funny memory of them?
May we get to glimpse the world through the eyes of a child today. May we add a few more exclamations to wonder we see. Have a beautiful day!