Thursday, April 05, 2012

Lesson learned: Don't get a momma started.

Last August, during the first week of school, Bubba brought home an assignment for his parents.  His English teacher asked us to write a paper describing our student in a million words or less.

Since this assignment fell into the writing/English category, Honey was happy to turn it over to me.  This morning I was going through some computer files and found my essay.

I think it might take a million words to describe Bubba, but since you asked the mommas to describe their children, you are probably prepared for long answers.
Bubba is the oldest of three children.  He was the only child in a world full of adults for the first three and a half years of his life.  Sometimes he still prefers adults.  He has many typical “oldest child” characteristics.  He is responsible, ordered, and likes to be prepared.  He is a rule follower, and will almost always live up to expectations if he knows what is expected of him.  In first grade at meet the teacher night, he sat down at his desk and said, “Mom, read me the schedule.”  He memorized it and informed me every day after school if they did Spelling during Math time.  Along the way he has loosened up a bit, but he still has a deep need to know what to expect and when to expect it.

Because he tries really hard to follow all the rules, his most stressful school years have been when he was in classes that followed the “punish the masses for the wrongs of one or two” line of thinking.

Bubba has a great personality.  He is witty and likes to make mundane things fun.  He usually knows when it is time to get down to business and when it’s OK to goof off.  You will know he feels secure in his relationship with you as a teacher and the behavior boundaries you have established when he feels comfortable enough to tease and interact with you.
Bubba is bright and self-confident.  Most new things come quickly and easily for him, and he gets frustrated when new concepts are hard and require a bit more work.  English and spelling are probably his weakest subjects.

He likes music and loves sports.  He is often humming or singing, and if you ask him about hitting home runs this summer, he might talk your ear off.  He’s a loving big brother (in a middle school boy kind of way); I don’t hesitate to leave him in charge of his younger sisters even though one of them has some special medical needs. 

I trust him completely.  He’s never given me a reason to doubt him.  He can be a knucklehead, but he doesn’t do it on purpose.  His heart is always in the right place.

There you go, a bit over 400 words to give you a peek into the person that is Bubba.  I know you will grow to love him almost as much as I do.


jenifer said...

love that kid!

valerie in TX said...

I love this! What a great tribute to a great kid. Made me think about what I would say if K's teacher had given us that assignment. :)

kimberly t. bowling said...

Awww...nice. Really sweet and what a neat assignment.

Mandy-Mommy Cracked said...

Now that's the kind of homework I like! I think you did a great job!

Misty said...

LOVE this post!!!!