February 15 11

Miss Emily seems to a wee bit of a perfectionist. She will spend hours making sure her ponytail is smooth and has just the right amount of flyaways. She will sing a line in a song over and over and over until she has gotten it exactly the way she wanted to. She will try on 45 pairs of the exact same leggings to find the ones that work the best with her outfit.

But her grades? Those are a whole different ball game.

“If I don’t get a hundred, Mommy, it’s pretty much like I failed the entire test.”

“Um, no, baby, I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works. I mean, I know it has been a long time since I was in school, but I’m pretty sure a 94 is considered an excellent grade.”

“It’s not when the goal is to get PERFECT, and you know, to do better than everyone else.”

“Emily. You are in 4th grade. I really don’t even think it’s possible to fail 4th grade. You’d probably have to work really hard to make that happen.”

“I don’t even know why I talk to you, Mom.”

“I don’t either. I’d probably fail fourth grade if I had to do it over.”

“Oh, you definitely would.”

Interestingly, the day she and I had this conversation, I found an old high school report card of mine.

I died laughing from this for about an hour. My mom’s comments. MY MOM’S COMMENTS.

But, it became very clear to me that not only did the looks skip a generation (Isabella and my mom are twins), but apparently, perfectionism does too…since, you know, my ALL A-, A, and A+ report card was only PRETTY GOOD.

(PS. I’d also like to thank my Math teacher, Mrs. Wasserstrom, for finding it necessary to point out that even though I got ALL As in her class, I was still a disruptive influence in class.)

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  1. Oh Bubbe!

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    Comment by Kristabella on February 15, 2011
  2. I want to know how long it takes your daughter to notice that the word “Influence” is spelled wrong on that report card. *snort*

    And I want to hug her because she is SO much like my 15-year old. Heaven help me.

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    Comment by Sincerely, Jenni on February 15, 2011
  3. ROFL!!! ‘Infulence’, that’s PRICELESS. And the fact that your effort was ‘satisfactory’ and yet you have an ‘A’.

    Also, Emily has 45 pairs of leggings!? Dude. That’s not all her, you know. ;) LOL

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    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on February 15, 2011
  4. Emily and my daughter Morgan are so similar it scares me. I have no idea where my kid gets it from actually. Not from me.

    You were chatty in class, weren’t you? I used to get that. She’s doing great but needs to SHUT HER DANG MOUTH! Sigh. Now I get that about my six year old.

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    Comment by Issa on February 15, 2011
  5. You’re lucky. My 4th grader has indeed discovered how hard it is for regular kids to fail 4th grade. He’s falling with style into 5th.

    Wow, it’s been a very long time since I’ve left a comment on your blog. Damn Facebook and Twitter. How ya been?

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    Comment by Erica M on February 15, 2011
  6. No, you were a disruptive “infulence” in class. Maybe that’s her code for saying you were peaceful and obedient.

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    Comment by feefifoto on February 15, 2011
  7. Your Mom cracks me up. :)

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    Comment by Angella on February 16, 2011
  8. I love that she wrote comments on your report card.

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    Comment by DE Heather on February 18, 2011
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