2010年3月15日月曜日

done it again

Three weeks ago every mum in Meg's class was given an A4 envelope containing a green piece of blank paper and a very long letter. The very long letter explained that we would all be making a page to go in an album thanking Meg's teacher for two years of teaching.

Meg's teacher is a seriously amazing combination of caring and control, of discipline and cuddles and she has done wonders with the kids. I'm all for thanking her. The very long letter had a series of dot points on does and don'ts of making our thank you letters. Do: use colours, include photo(s), drawings etc, use only one side of the paper, include child's name etc etc Don't: use thick decorations that will make the card stiff, cut it into shapes, use both sides of the paper etc etc.

Ok. I can get that. I read the letter through. Twice. I made sure I knew what we were supposed to do.

Meg and I went through 2 years of pictures on my computer looking for a picture she wanted to use. Her requiremements were: wearing a dress, taken outside of kinder ("She's already seen me at kinder!", with hair in two plaits, taken in Japan ("everyone else will have pictures in Japan...") and smiling. Hmm... we came up with this:


And Meg got out her sparkly pens and crayons and wrote a note to sensei "From Megumi. Dear Y sensei. I love you. Thank you. See you!" and drew some hearts and flowers and then I wrote a message thanking her for her time and care and we thought it looked pretty good.

Handed it in last week and forgot about it.

Then today at Kids'bics (kiddie aerobics class where kids run around yelling and playing chasey with the teacher while the mums gossip at the back of the room but hey, it's 500 yen a family and the girls love it) the PTA rep from Meg's class was there and she had the album of all our pages with her. She had sewn an album cover complete with rickrack bookmark, sunflower button closer (Meg is in sunflower class) and 'Sunflower graduation class 2010' embroidered on it.

So of course after oohing and ahhing, we opened it and all not only looked at everyone's pages but read them too (is that not a huge invasion of privacy???) and whoa- it was like a freaking scrapbook. There were sticker boarders, balloon/ heart/ star shaped photos, lace, beads, 3D effects, multi-coloured epistles, family photos, photos of mummy and child, baby photos, ribbons and bows.... Meg's page looked downright plain in comparison. The poor cousin if you will.

And you know, I realised how much I have grown into my skin here. Three years ago I would have been mortified. Would have probably asked for my page back, gone home and spent half the night trying to make it look like the others. But today? Sure, I was a little disappointed that it looked as though we hadn't put the same effort into thanking sensei as the other mothers but that's the point. The other pages were very obviously designed, directed and produced by mothers. Meg was so happy making her page, thinking of sensei's favourite colours and drawing things sensei likes and so proud of having done it herself I'm quite pleased her page looks the way it does.

Even if we managed to do it again and miss the message between the lines in the notice.

5 件のコメント:

Rachel さんのコメント...

Yay Meg!

You are SO right, this sort of thing so often turns into a contest of whose MOTHER can do the best thing, and the kids get left out.

achan さんのコメント...

From the heart is best and even more so when it is a child. I thought that it was so beautiful that Meg even thought about what colours her teacher liked : )

Midori さんのコメント...

I think the sensei will without a doubt realise the sentiment behind Meg's page and love it all the more because of that. That is an adorable picture of Meg as well.

Mande さんのコメント...

I think this is great! Those thank you pages are meant to be from the kids and will be so much more meaningful to her teacher. Really wonderful.

Japan Mama さんのコメント...

That's a great way to think. A similar thing happened to me and I felt kind of bad, but should have thought about it like you did. Maybe I have yet to grow into my skin :) The photo is lovely.