Lucy woke me up this morning at 5:20am
Mumma she whispered, Mumma, is it time to go to school yet?
No honey, hop in here and snuggle with me
She nestled into me and sighed
What's up kiddo?
I don't want school to end Mumma....I just love it so much!
And I love Mrs Dionne....and Project Learn
Why does school have to end?
Why does everyone want it to hurry up and end?
Oh sweetie...well, school only ends for a little bit - for the summer
The teachers need a break, you guys need a break....
Besides, before you know it, you'll be back at school
What if I forget what Mrs Dionne has teached me?
Taught me honey....and I promise, you won't forget
What if I get to 1st grade and no one remembers me?
What if I show up and Mr Wells says Who are you? Why are you here?
Luce, trust me, he will not forget who you are...he won't forget any of you kids
And he will know why you are there
Hmmphh she said
I closed my eyes to steal five more minutes
Do all schools take a summer break?
Think I'm the only kid who does not want school to end?
No honey, I'm sure some where there is a little Poindexter who, like you, does not want school to end
Who is Poindexter?
No one honey...I made him up....*sigh*
I promise honey, you are not the only one who will miss school...but before you know it, you'll be back at school so don't fret, go back to sleep...
Lucy went quiet and I willed the clock to stand still so I could sleep just.a.little.longer
She pulled me from me fugue state and declared
Ok but just so you know, if I get to 1st grade and can't remember anything from kindergarten, it is so not my fault....you grown-ups are the ones who made me take the summer off
Ok honey, I'll remember
Can you write it in a note for me?
A note, can you write my new teacher and Mr Wells a note telling them I wanted to stay in school so I would not forget anything and if I did it is not my fault it’s your fault and their fault that I got dumb
Sweetie don't say dumb....
Right - don't say dumb or stupid
And it won't happen, but if it will make you feel better, I'll write you a note
Okay good - could you also include in the note that I really like gym, music and library and would like to have those things more than once a week?
And could you also ask if they could have hard boiled eggs at lunch
Seriously Luce? You don't even buy lunch anymore
'cause they don't have hard boiled eggs!
And also, tell them Cal's Cart (the little school shop) should be every day
Ok Luce - I’m getting in the shower
I stopped at the door and turned to face her
Lucy sat upright in bed and opened her eyes wide and made a chopping motion with her hand to emphasize her next point:
And don't forget the most important part Mumma; if I get dumb, it is not my fault
You grown-ups are making me take summer vacation....I said I would go all summer, you guys said no
Ok Lucy, go back to sleep and don’t say dumb please
How about you just say Lucy asked to go to school all summer because she doesn’t want to lose the skills she has worked so hard to learn all year and does not want to know less than everyone else in the class…..can you write that?
I tilted my head back and let out a sigh
I'll just write dumb honey
Thatatta girl Mumma! I knew you'd see it my way!