Letter to Sissy's Teacher

Dear Sissy’s Teacher,

You assigned “What I Did over Thanksgiving Break” for homework last night. As I was packing up Sissy’s backpack this morning in our mad dash nice and stress free way to catch the bus, I saw this assignment. What she wrote went something like this,

“What I Did Over Thanksgiving Break”

I didn’t do much over Thanksgiving. We didn’t even have turkey, we had ham. My older sister didn’t eat with us, she had someone over and we had to eat dinner really fast because we were going to see the movie Bolt. That’s about it, I didn’t do anything else.

I wasn’t home last night because I had to take her “older sister” to her Disney Internship Parent’s Meeting so I didn’t get a chance to go over Sissy’s homework.

Let me fill in what Sissy left out, lest you think we are a family of non-turkey eating, non-holiday celebrating people.

I didn’t do much over Thanksgiving. We didn’t even have turkey, we had ham:

First off she neglects to mention that at the end of October my parents were visiting and we had our Thanksgiving Dinner then right down to the cranberry sauce. Also, our kids are not fans of turkey so it seemed silly to make another big dinner for just the 5 of us that only 2 of us would actually eat. All the kids were fine with that. We were going to have eggplant Parmesan, but our stove was broken…long story.

My older sister didn’t eat with us, she had someone over

 “Older sister” went to her boyfriend’s grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Then they came back to our house. “Older sister” did sit down with us while we had dinner and she nibbled on the things she liked.

we had to eat dinner really fast because we were going to see the movie Bolt

No we didn’t have to inhale our food. I don’t know if you know this or not, but sometimes young children like to dawdle over their food and a meal can last a long time.

That’s about it, I didn’t do anything else.

I guess putting out some Christmas decorations, having a fire in the fireplace and watching “Elf”, or building a really cool snowman in the backyard with your brother and Dad, or playing outside in the snow with the neighbors are pretty much I didn’t do anything else.

So you see it’s not really the way she makes things seem. Now I’m remembering you gave her the assignment “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” in September which led to this post. What I Did on My Summer Vacation I’m starting to see a pattern here and I’ll be ready for you after Christmas vacation.

Thank you,

Sissy’s Mom

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10 Responses to Letter to Sissy's Teacher

  1. I think teacher needs more creative assignments:)
    Although you could do “nothing” over Christmas break, then the essay would be spot-on!

  2. Too funny!

    I tagged you for a major award over on my site. I figured you’d have some funny things to say about it!

  3. mrsbear says:

    Seriously, you’ve got to love a kids perspective. It can be so skewed one way or another. We had ham also, I know it seems somewhat anti-Thanksgiving but whatever, it was yummy and easier to heat up so there.

  4. Gibby says:

    LOL! That is exactly what my daughter would do! She makes our home life seem so bleak to her teacher. Sheesh.

  5. Leanne says:

    I’m laughing. Save this post and her assignment for when she’s grown, she’ll only truly ‘get’ it then.

    Kids are so so funny and maddening….

  6. Anne says:

    Obviously you are the most abusive mother ever. I am surprised you let them out of that big tunnel to even have dinner on Thanksgiving. Sorry, that was me I was thinking about, I got confused for a second. I have had many of the “What I did” essays which highlight the fact that we sit around and do nothing for days on end (from the kids’ perspective). I am tempted to spend a break quizzing the kids on math problems and spelling words while making them read some historical books so they have something impressive to report (unfortunately, that is too much effort on my part).

  7. fidget says:

    a teacher once said to me “i wont believe everything they say about you, if you wont believe everything they say about me”

  8. Lulu says:

    My mom taught junior high students for over 30 years, and if Sissy’s teacher is anything like my mom, she’ll be able to read between the lines!

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  10. Jenn P says:

    That is to funny! My 9 year old would so say something like that!

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