"Is that your mom?"

11/10/2010 8:40 AM

12/13/2010 3:47 PM

Parental involvement is strongly encouraged at my son's elementary school. From his first day of Kindergarten this year, we have been invited to volunteer at lunchtime, on the playground, in the library, during computer lab, in art class....and the list goes on. It's a real testament to the strength of the school that moms and dads are a regular part of every day, in the hallways and classrooms. Parents (mostly) happily spend time making copies, cleaning computer screens, checking out library books and stirring paint cans.

Because I do work, there are only certain volunteer opportunities that fit into my schedule. My son's Library Time is one of them. When I go, I leave the office to be there and return, afterward. Being in a professional environment, I am dressed, accordingly. As you might expect, I do tend to stick out among the jeans and workout clothes that are certainly more comfortable for volunteer work.

This week, I was entertained to overhear a conversation between my son and a classmate. I will write it down and remember it, with a good laugh, for a long time.

Looking over at me, the little girl said to my son "Is that your mom?"

Nonchalantly, he replied "Yeah."

"What is she wearing?"

"What do you mean?"

"She has on pointy shoes and an outfit that matches!"

(Please pause here, to picture me, trying to remain straight-faced, while filing books.)

My son then looked over at me, himself, and said "She always looks like that."

(Not true, but kind of him, anyway.)

The little girl paused and then announced "Well, when I grow up I'm going to wear pointy shoes and matching outfits, too!"

While the humor of this interaction was definitely lost on my Kindergartener, it is endearing to me in a couple of ways.

First, my sweet boy just sees me as his mom, who is there for him at school, and is oblivious to what I'm wearing.

Second, I have proof that there is a little girl out in the world who has an advanced sense of fashion.

I cannot wait for my next Library Day!

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