The best days are those when a child actually gives a real response to the everyday questions, “How was your day?”
This unbelievable occurrence happened in my household on February 28th at approximately 3:11 p.m.
I notated the date and time because it is a rarity. Rarer than the talking dog from the film Up. Rarer than my husband likes his steak. Rarer than me being on time for an event. I am talking rare, my friends.
Since my oldest has hit middle school, he arrives home before the rest of the household. He usually has about 10 minutes before I get there. Most of the time I find him watching The Family Guy on Netflix (he has been instructed since the beginning of time to start his homework, alas it doesn’t happen often without prompting). This was different. The TV was silent and the dude was sitting at the computer looking something up on Google.
“How was your day?” I asked.
“It was OK,” he answered. A typical response at our house.
“That’s good. Anything else going on?” I questioned, hoping he may add something to the conversation.
“Mom, you know what?”
I turned, shocked that I was actually asked a question! “What, kiddo?”
“It stinks that it is the end of February. I liked February.”
My mind raced trying to think of why… Maybe it was because he had one of the leads in our community theater’s production of Willy Wonka (he was Mike TV, appropriately) and we were heading into the final weekend of the show? Maybe because snow days are fewer in March? Maybe because a free Pokemon download wasn’t available after February at Game Stop? Maybe I should just ask him? Yeah. That’s the ticket.
“So, why did you like February?”
“We learned a lot this month in Social Studies. We learned about all sorts of people I had never heard of,” he replied looking a little melancholy.
“Really? That’s awesome!” I exclaimed, excited that he is actually absorbing what he has been taught. Then, curiously, I added, “Who was the person you liked learning about the best?”
“Ella Fitzgerald. She was very talented. She was an inspiration,” he answered without hesitation.
“Wow, I’m impressed,” I said.
“I know, right? Who knew February would be such a great month in Social Studies!” he said, jumping onto Minecraft on his iPod.
“So true,” I said as I began humming a little Ella.
I will be hugging his teacher soon. For sure.