There's more of a story than a great picture for today. Delaney came running in from school yesterday in a panic telling me she needed to get together with a classmate for a project that was due today. I'll skip over the part where I gave her a hard time for waiting until the last minute and get on to the part that is good.
KC is out of town so it was all me tonight. I got Macy started on her homework and helped Delaney get in contact with her partner. As it turned out, as long as they collaborated on it, they could do it separately. They had been assigned a Shel Silverstein poem for which they had a few different activities they could do. They chose to make posters. Her partner made one of the house and Delaney was given the task of making the title.
I've made my share of posters over the years and learned the hard way how to do (and not to do) lettering. Thankfully, I had a stockpile of poster board and Delaney was in an extremely receptive mood. She allowed me to guide her through the process! First I asked her how big she wanted the letters. She showed me a rough estimate so I suggested we measure it out in whole inches to make it easier. She agreed without any reservations.
Next, we decided how far down the page to make it and drew in the horizontal guide lines. I held the ruler for her and she did the rest. I even suggested she draw the lines a little lighter to make them easier to erase at the end and she took that suggestion so well she implemented it immediately! These are not things that happen frequently when she and I work together on a project. Normally it rapidly devolves into a crying/screaming match from which there is no recovering.
Delaney knew what she wanted the lettering to look like so I helped her sketch out the first word on a piece of scratch paper. I was floored by this point. Normally, the mere mention of getting scratch paper is enough to send her into a tizzy but here's where it gets REALLY good!
By this point, it was after 5:00 and I had to get Macy over to the gym. I told Delaney I'd help her when I got back. Her initial reaction was what I expected, "I can't do it without you!" But I told her she already had a sketch and she is such a good artist I knew she could do this. Although, I figured there's no way she was going to do it on her own. Either way, I had to leave with Macy.
Let me back up just a smidge, yesterday the gym had tryouts but we don't know the results yet so until we do, it's kind of like the girls are still being evaluated. Anything they do until the results are posted may count toward that evaluation since the coaches collaborate about what they've seen from each girl. Add onto that the fact that many of the coaches left this morning for FL to learn the new compulsory routines and many of the other coaches hadn't worked with Macy much. I wanted Macy to have a good day at practice today to solidify her good impression that she made at tryouts but she was adamant that I stay for a few minutes to watch her on tumble track even though she knew I needed to get back to help Delaney.
OK, so now I have a kid who I believe needs my help at home and one who quite likely will fall apart at the gym. I chose to stay at the gym because I could stay up all night working on the poster if need be and there was no way for me to undo any damage a meltdown could have done. Normally, I wouldn't have cared so much but I felt there was too much riding on this week's performance and with KC out of town, we are all out of sorts.
By the time I got home, I was expecting the house to be torn up and Delaney in a quivering mass of tears next to a poster board that had been torn up into 54 pieces. Imagine my surprise and delight when I walked in to a house filled with the sounds of Taylor Swift and a smiling Delaney who had finished drawing the lettering and had started coloring it in! She told me she had to erase the "s" several times and had started to get upset but told herself that she could do it. She persevered and I think it came out splendid! The best part is that she does too!
I was so proud of her that I offered to help her color it in. Not something I would have done if she hadn't been doing a great job on her own or had required me to basically do the whole thing for her. I told her as much and explained to her that she showed me a level of maturity I hadn't seen from her yet. I was so very proud of her and as you can see, she did a FANTASIC job!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun