Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Two Snaps Up

Zack started 2nd grade yesterday and was all smiles when he got home.  This morning, however, he was subdued and said he had a stomach ache.

Uh oh.

I know my child.  This was 99.9% a stress stomach ache.

I also know my child well enough to not nag him into telling me what it's about.  After one, "Are you nervous?" I let it lie.  We watched some cartoons together, had breakfast, had conversation about other things.

On the way to school, he brought it up himself.

"Mom," he said, "I'm worried.  My teacher has a poster in her room with multiplication and division on it.  I don't think I can do that."

I answered breezily, "Oh, you're good with math, you'll learn it in a snap."

Zack responded, VERY seriously and contemplatively, "Wellllll.  I think it might take TWO snaps for division."

And this is why I love my boy so very, very much.

22 comments:

  1. Lori, this great! I totally love his answer.

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  2. Aw..too cute! I hope he gets it in one snap ;)

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  3. I love how literal little kids are. This is too cute!

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  4. Awww, that is so cute. So sorry he is anxious!! I have a pretty rotten case of anxiety all the time, and around 1st grade was when it developed. By middle school, I was taking my math tests home because they stressed me out so badly in class that I couldn't get them done.

    Definitely let his teacher know he has nerves! They might be able to help!

    Hope he loves second grade!!

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  5. I love that! I'm aiding in second grade this year and I assure him, he will get it! Division doesn't come until later in the school year, too.

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  6. What a delightful realization that your child had! But even greater is the dawning that he can do it. It might be work, it might be hard, but he has you to back him up and spur him on and if he can think of it only taking two snaps then he is ahead of the game. (I for one am still working on division. ;-)
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  7. I love that! I think most of what I learn takes at least two snaps :-)

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  8. that is great - and the best part is you recognize his pattern for discussing things and give him the space... show him how he uses multiplication and division every day... turn those into flash cards... and maybe it will seem less scary...

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  9. So cute! Mine is starting 2nd grade in 2 weeks. He did the stomach ache thing last year - but it was miraculous how quickly he got over them when he realized that being sick at home meant resting in bed with no TV.

    Good luck with the multiplication and division!

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  10. oh how I miss that age..kids are so funny and the most truthful of anyone.

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  11. That is just so cute! I hope he "feels better" tomorrow.

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  12. Awww, this post really tugs at my heartstrings, Lori! I know that with your endless love and nurturing, your little guy can achieve anything...even learning the dreaded multiplication and division! Your gentle approach with him is wonderful, btw :-)

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  13. You are a great mom, and he knows it!
    With an answer like that, he is very smart, and he will get it in his own time and way.

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  14. Lori, Zack says such cute things...and I'm glad you record them for posterity. :-) I understand that nerves thing too...I think I may have that on my hands next week when school starts. I hope the rest of the first week of school goes well for the kidlet!

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  15. :oD
    How cute! I love it when they have a good think and come out with things like that.
    Hope he feels better soon
    xxx

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  16. That's so cute!! Great answer! :)

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  17. What a kid! And What a Mom for giving him that! Good job Lori!

    Hugs

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  18. He might have been worried, but he has a positive attitude. That's so important in life.
    He's sweet.

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  19. This is so cute. These kids just make our life so much happier, don't they?

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  20. This boy is a t.v. show waiting to happen. His remarks are priceless...what a sharp mind! A future writer???

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