Thursday, December 22, 2011

MATERNALLY SPEAKING

"Who should I hug first, Mama?"

This was what Mags asked me the first day of preschool as we walked into a classroom full of crying three year old children. The teacher had two on her hip and two on her leg. Ahhh, the memories. I did that for one year. If you asked me five years ago if you would have caught me teaching ten 3 year olds, I would have laughed you right out of the room. I thought I would never teach any child too young to blow their own nose, but I did. I loved it. Not everyday, but most days. 

So, we walk in and she gears up to help. This is one of Mags many talents. She is maternal, almost to a fault. In her mind, her preschool teachers (who are fantastic people) assist HER in the classroom. She thinks they are there to prepare the snack, since she is not allowed in the kitchen at school. They run the craft center, since she needs to play with her friends. They read the class stories, since she can't read yet. That is coming, though. Give her time. She practices reading to her babies every night. She lines them up on her bed and shows them the pictures. However, if they are making too much of a ruckus, they get put in timeout. I hate to point fingers, but ONE of these guys in the picture seems to be a "frequent flyer" in timeout. When will he learn she means business?  I have!


The thing is, her classmates respond to it. When I pick her up from preschool, she says good bye to everyone and they wave back at her enthusiastically. She does her best "queen wave" and off we go. So you can imagine her delight when we were at the Christmas concert and there were an overwhelming number of preschoolers biting at the bit to go sing, see their moms, ring their bells, and run around the space behind the bleachers. So many distractions, so little time. No worries. Mags was there to help patrol the kids and keep everyone in line. Can you spot her in all her glory; fancy new red sweater from Meme and white bunny boots? 


Overall, Mags is fiercely protective to those she loves and finds interesting. She is all business most times and can be very bossy. At the end of the day, though, she has a heart of gold and a disarming smile. Mama Mags. The girl whose 27 babies are fed, diapered and tucked snugly in their "beds" every night.


Her pairing of who sleeps with who may not always be the best, but they are both going to be fed and tucked in. Right?



2 comments:

  1. Haha:) Queen Mags, ruler of all preschool! Not even the incredible hulk is match for her! A queen who's simple servants such as curious george and dragon, are so kept in line they sleep snuggled up in each others arms with no fear of each other!

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  2. Haha:) Queen Mags, ruler of all preschool! Not even the incredible hulk is match for her! A queen who's simple servants such as curious george and dragon, are so kept in line they sleep snuggled up in each others arms with no fear of each other!

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