Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Blubbering Mother of the Year Prepares for Incredible Kid Day at Mendham Township Elementary School

As the 2007-2008 school year comes to an end, Mrs. Brown's first grade class at Mendham Township Elementary School is planning a final celebration. On June 12th, we will celebrate "Incredible Kid Day." To prepare for "Incredible Kid Day," all of the parents were asked to take some time to reflect and think about why we feel our child is unique and truly incredible. For this special day, Rex and I will share our thoughts with London by writing a special letter to her telling why we think she is "incredible."

Over the weekend, I was chatting with another MTES first grade mom...she asked if I had cried while I wrote my initial reaction was "Oh, S***, it's due on Monday? I haven't done it yet!" But I quickly changed my tune, and could relate as I started writing in earnest... London wanted to know why I was teary-eyed as I pulled together her letter last night. We will read our letters to London in class on "Incredible Kid Day," but I've decided to post mine here as well:


On the day you were born, I was filled with so much joy and love that I thought you couldn’t be much more incredible…but as you’ve grown up to be an almost second grader, I’ve discovered that you grow more incredible with each passing day, week, and year. London, you are INCREDIBLE!

Incredibly poised, a graceful ballerina, and an agile gymnast.
Natural tennis player with confident strokes, you can serve, rally and score!
Creative writer, artist and avid reader. This spring, we’ve already spent several beach days sitting together in our beach chairs on Mount Street Beach in Bay Head, New Jersey, plowing through our “page turners” together. It makes me so happy that you love to read… and write creative stories and illustrate your books and draw fabulous fashions. We’ll both remember and enjoy our beach reading days for a lifetime.
Role model and loving sister – On the day we brought your sister home from the hospital, you said “Maddie - OUT!” While I was worried that you were trying to get this new little person OUT of our house, it turned out that 13-month-old-you were expressing delight that your baby sister was finally “OUT” in the world…the two of you have been best friends ever since and the love you and Maddie share is just incredible.
Entrepreneur at the beach…the way you and Maddie have been painting and selling seashells down by the seashore for 25 cents each since Memorial Day 2007 is impressive. You and your sister have earned over $150 towards Webkinz and your college savings plan….not to mention the friends and “fan club” who come every weekend to paint with you and admire your beautiful painted shells.
Dedicated and enthusiastic student. Every day when you wake up, you still jump out of bed (OK, so you move a little slowly in the morning just like Mommy) ready to get on the bus with busdriver Dan and go to school in Mrs. Brown’s class. You work so hard at spelling and math and you really really love to sit up there in the Author’s Chair to share your journal and special creative writing projects with the class.
Investigator and Scientist: Daddy and I were so proud of you this year when you brought your lava lamp experiment to the MTES Science Fair. It was terrific that you learned about the project through your 4-H club, and wanted to share your hypothesis and results with your friends from school.
Band leader, singing Hannah Montana & High School Musical faves with the three Singin’ Van de Kamp Sisters.
Loyal friend to all your friends, old and new. You’ve kept in touch with your best buddy from our apartment in New York City, and when you get together it’s like you were just running up and down the halls of our West Village apartment building yesterday…chat chat chat! You also keep up your friendships from Westmont Montessori, and you’re a loyal friend to many new buddies from your kindergarten and first grade classes.
Even if you couldn’t do any of these things, London, I’d still find you to be an incredible kid. Just by being yourself, you fill my life and our home with happiness and love…and that’s pretty darn incredible.

-- Love, Mom


Toni said...

Wow what a wonderful and creative letter. Your daughter will treasure that always.

Spicy Bug said...

That was really beautiful and touching. Your daughter is lucky to have a mom like you. Your daughter was also a beautiful baby.

Wally Banners said...

JESUS ROXIE THAT WAS SO moving I don't know what to say.Pulls lever and votes twice for Roxie.

Mariuca said...

Wow, I'm actually feeling a bit teary now he he..great letter Roxy, I'm sure London will truly appreciate this as she gets older. Btw, I love the name London! :)

Mariuca said...

Roxy! I'm back with a special tag
for you. Have a great day! :)

Cindi said...

Your girls are so fortunate to have such a special Mom. Writing definitely from the heart. I was tagging you for Breast Cancer Awareness, but I see Mariuca got to you first!

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Bernhard said...

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Sassy said...

Dropping by to give ya my vote dear. That was so beautiful. She will treasure it one day.

suzette said...

This is so beautiful... So, did you actuall cry writing this letter? Let us know how she reacts when you read this to her. :)

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