She'd gotten an award along with several other students for "Scholarship" in front of the whole first grade. She told me how when they started to read the names she had crossed her fingers and thought, "Please say my name. Please say my name," and right then they did.
I had to give Abe a bit of a scolding look. He had arrived at the car a few moments later and was mumbling something about how it was no big deal. He'd gotten one in front of the 2nd grade for academics or scholarlyness or some such as well. But he has received several awards already this year and I didn't want him downplaying Daisy's when she was clearly so excited about it.
I wished I had been there when she received the award. Daisy has this smile that is half shy but filled with joy and pride when she gets recognized for something in front of others. It alternates between pursing itself nervously over her teeth and then breaking back into a tremendous grin, and her eyes are lit up all the while. I don't know exactly what it is about that smile, but I knew it would have been on her face when she was handed this award in front of everybody. I've seen it multiple times and every time it causes some emotion to swell in me that makes me feel like crying.
And . . . speaking of Daisy. Here is a picture of a chore chart I made them do today. I don't have a set method or chart for making my kids work. Some things they do every day (like empty the dishwasher), some days I make them lists to check off, most often it is just, "We can go to the store when the puzzles are all cleaned up," or "You can watch your show when the laundry is put away." Today I happened to make a little list of stuff they had to do. They each had to check off their initial next to the job as it was finished. This just makes me laugh because it is so very typical of who would and wouldn't be eagerly scratching off their initials.