Thursday, October 11, 2007

So Cute it Makes Your Heart Hurt

Ever since Julia started nursery school, she's been wanting to play "school" at home several times a week. This typically involves me in the role of "Miss Kathy," the assistant teacher she adores so much, and Julia and Genevieve as the students. Mainly we sit on the floor for "morning greeting," and pat our legs in rhythm as we chant the ritual hello song--the same one Julia learned in her ECFE baby/toddler classes when she was younger--which goes, "Julia's here today! Julia's here today! Hooray, hooray, hooray, hooray, Julia's here today! And Genevieve's here today! Genevieve's here today!...(etc.) At school, they go through every child's name, naturally, and on the "hoorays" they lift their hands up higher and higher before returning to the leg-patting part. It's all very rhythmic and sweet.

The best part, though, is how much Genevieve loves doing this "song" with us. When Julia and I position ourselves on the floor, she sits right down and begins slapping her lap with her palms along with us. She even attempts to shake her hands up, up, up in the air as we say "hooray, hooray, hooray, hooray!" And she grins the whole time.

But you'll never be able to get over the cuteness when you see how she starts these actions ANY time she plops her bottom on the floor, no matter if we're playing school or not. She starts patting her legs and looks searchingly around the room to see if we're doing it too. School? Is it school time? Morning greeting? I'm on top of it; see me doing it?

We keep saying that when it's Genevieve's turn to go to preschool, she'll be all ready. She already knows the hello song.

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