I've watched Emily grow up on the playground here. When she was in K, 1st, & 2nd grades....I could open the door to my portable classroom and see her on the primary-age playground running, squealing, and being a child of the world. I will always have those memories etched in my heart. What days of delight those were - to witness her assimilation into true childhood.
Where she lived in China had metal bars on the walls, too few people to take kiddos outside to play, and as she has told me in recent years...she had no pillow or blanket. "Those were saved for the little babies." Sniff.
This is a pic if Emily and her buddy, Justin. They've been together since kindergarten - along with a group of about 10 other sweethearts. Several were in the ESL program together in the early years.
Em and Justin jockey for the top 1 and 2 grades in math - all in fun, goal setting ways. They both WORK sooo hard to do their best, and he's a hoot to be around. He reminds me of typical 5th grade boys twenty years ago. Polite. Silly. Bright. His mom will soon have a baby girl, and Justin is thrilled. He says he likes babies cuz they're "squishy." Ha.
Don't you love the expressions of wonder as they watch a chemical reaction when Mentos candies and Diet Coke get mixed together? A geyser effect.
Oh it's been an incredible experience to be on site for learning and laughter as my daughter has progressed thru the elementary years.
Miss Molly will have been home from China 1 year ago March 29th. She, too, is making memories right here under my nose.