She was a change from my son, who was speech delayed.
She sometimes gets in trouble at school for talking. Her teacher uses something called Class Dojo to monitor behavior.
Is for talking while in line.
"I can't tell my friends to not talk to me. It's RUDE," Natalie once said when I suggested that she tell the people around her to hush when it wasn't appropriate.
"Sometimes I just HAVE to tell someone what's on my brain," Natalie explained another time.
Recently she got a - on Class Dojo for talking in the library.
"My friend and I were talking about FROZEN! I couldn't HELP IT!"
Still, she promised to try and curb her chatter. And I suppose she has, because she hasn't received a - in awhile.
AND she was Student of the Month for March.
This meant that I had to go to the school and watch her get the award. When her class filtered in, she started to reach out for me as she walked.
"I want to go with you but I have to go with them," she shouted, jutting her thumb at her classmates.
When all the classes got there, they did the chicken dance. Everyone. I flashed back to that scene in the movie Stepmom when Julia Roberts shows up to that play and she goes, "What the hell is this?" It's basically what I was thinking.
Soon after, Natalie was called to get her award:
She had on her school pride dress. You'll recall that I had a boring, blah t-shirt made into a dress.
Several teachers asked me if I made the dress. I tried not to laugh.
"I don't sew. I paid someone to do this," I explained and gave the shop name. (Upcycle Me Crazy.)
After the ceremony, I had to wait until Natalie's class filtered by so I could give her a hug--otherwise I knew she'd be insulted and would say when I picked her up, "You LEFT without saying GOODBYE to me!"
Tommy, it should be noted, got Student of the Month in October. But he's in middle school and they do not do ceremonies for such a thing.
I know I have some good kids.
One just needs to remember to keep her mouth shut. Even if the topic IS about Frozen.