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Checking report cards

Posted Monday, January 17, 2011, at 3:43 PM

I had thought that my days of checking report cards had been long gone but I was pleasantly surprised when two of our granddaughters had decided to share their reports with us, even before their parents had a chance to see.

I remember the glee in the my girls' faces while they were in elementary school, as they ran into the house to show me just how much they have improved and how smart they really were. Not that I had questioned their intelligence, but I had often wondered how they acted at school and if they indeed did learn anything, because it seemed that learning the lessons that I tried to teach... just wasn't happening

The enthusiasm seemed to falter as they entered Middle School. There weren't the tears of joy for the accomplishments that they had achieved, it was more tears from fear that they had learned what happens when mom found out via their report cards that they were tardy to class or forget an assignment and got a zero. Classes got tougher, there were real schedules and Mom had set down the law that if you forget your books once, I will bring them, after that they had to suffer the consequences.

Oh high school report cards... were there any? Not that the grades were bad, but the thought of me seeing how many days they had missed, just in case there was a skip day in there that I didn't know about, could have been one of the reasons that I hardly saw any. It seems too that the girls would leave their book bags in the car, or in their lockers or that they just misplaced those report cards. All in all it didn't matter, mom knew when they had been good or bad; one of the perks of being employed where many of the teachers would frequent. Most of the feedback that I did get though was that they were pleasant, hard working kids...I pretty much knew that without them telling me!

There has not been a day that I have not been proud of my kids and what they have become, but I do miss those report card days when the teacher commented that their sharing ability had improved and that they can count to 100. By the way, the granddaughters did great and an increase in their allowances has been earned!

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