Father’s Day 2014

Today is Father’s Day in the US, so I got a bunch of little gifts from the kids. The Pip’s was just a construction-paper card mostly made by his teachers, with a bit of scribble on it. SteelyKid’s, though, included a fill-in-the-blank booklet that she wrote on and drew pictures to go with.

Some of the pictures are extremely detailed and colorful, such as this one where she describes a conversation we have Every. Single. Night.:

SteelyKid's extremely detailed depiction of a conversation we have every night.

SteelyKid’s extremely detailed depiction of a conversation we have every night.

(SteelyKid is a terrible eater, and it’s a struggle to get her to eat anything. She’ll find all sorts of things to do other than eating her dinner– asking for more drinks, long trips to the bathroom, telling elaborate stories…)

There’s also this tribute to my being the biggest and the strongest (though I do sometimes exercise, I swear):

according to SteelyKid I am as tall as a seeling (ceiling) and as strong as a grilau (gorilla).

according to SteelyKid I am as tall as a seeling (ceiling) and as strong as a grilau (gorilla).

I’m as tall as a ceiling and as strong as a gorilla. She made a valiant effort to sound out both of those words, ending up with “seeling” and “grilau.” I admire the fact that she didn’t shy away from tricky words, and kind of amazed that they have kindergarteners doing that sort of thing these days.

(What really boggles the mind is her math– she’s already doing proto-algebra (“What plus 5 is 13?” and “20 minus what is 16?”). I’m going to be teaching her about differential equations in middle school, at this rate…)

But, of course, the highlight of the whole booklet is:

Awwww.....

Awwww…..

Really, there’s not much to say to that beyond “Awww….” As frustrating as dinner time sometimes gets, I really do have pretty awesome kids.

Of course, whatever good things I do as a dad, I’m copying from my own father, shown here with The Pip a few weeks back:

Grandpa offering The Pip advice on the best way to dig in the sand.

Grandpa offering The Pip advice on the best way to dig in the sand.

So, thanks, Dad, and Happy Father’s Day to all those who would be likely to appreciate such wishes. The rest of you, have a nice Sunday.

Comments

  1. #1 Kenny A. Chaffin
    June 15, 2014

    Happy Father’s Day!

  2. #2 Sili
    June 15, 2014

    Why not teach her quantum mechanics before she develops a Newtonian intuition?

  3. #3 CCPhysicist
    June 15, 2014

    I particularly like her caricature of you at the dinner table. Is that how your students see you when you say “do your homework”?

    Love the comment about your dad. Truer words were never written than those.

    Not a criticism, since I remember being forever mortified at something with spelling like that being posted forever in the room we stayed in at my grandparents farm, but my brain insists on making this connection: Tom Lehrer would say she must go to a “progressive” school! Now I wish I had that drawing or a photo of it. Save the pictures of it even if you don’t save everything.

  4. #4 Michael Kelsey
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    June 15, 2014

    Yup, they really are doing “sound out the spelling” in kindergarten these days. My daughter hasn’t quite caught onto the “double vowel” rule for long sounds (e.g., her owl Swoops is spelled “Swops”), but the fact that she, and her cohort, are doing it at all impresses me.

    Very cool that SteelyKid is doing two dimensional bodies!

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