5 Things I Loved About Last Week 10/11/14

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Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to find the positives of my week.

1. My son read to me. This was by far my favorite moment of the week. It was totally unexpected, too. I haven’t heard my son read out loud in probably a year and a half, and the only evidence I’ve had about his progress as a reader is his test scores (which show basically no progress). We were doing English homework (identifying reflexive and intensive pronouns–I kid you not, gentle reader, this is what my son does in English class) and he started reading a sentence under his breath. Fluently. Accurately. Quickly. I froze. He identified the pronoun and then double-checked with me to see if he was right. I could only nod my head. He wrote down the word and went on to the next sentence. Which he also read. He turned back to look at me.

“Why are you crying?” he demanded. “Oh, never mind. I know why you’re crying.”

He never thought he was going to learn how to read. I’ve heard him say that so many times. And I’ll admit, I had become pretty skeptical myself. I’ve been reading books about dyslexia this month, trying to figure out what’s going on.

Nothing, it turns out.

So my kid has been holding out on me in a big way.

And now suddenly he is reading everything. Reading over my shoulder when I’m reading aloud. Pointing out words. Reading words on television. Reading signs.

It is absolutely lovely.

2. Black bottom chocolate pie.  I love to bake, but pie crust scares me. Pie crust made from cookies and butter? Not so scary. For my husband’s birthday dessert, I made this Black Bottom Chocolate Pie from Epicurious. Yum.

3. The Princess Bride. My son has been sick this week, and to distract him from his panic over strep throat, we have been watching A LOT of movies. Mostly really bad movies selected by him. But last night, parents took control of the DVD player and popped in The Princess Bride, which is still and always just so good. There are so many wonderful moments in that movie. Pie and Princess Bride made for a very good end to the week.

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4. Catching up on grading. It feels so good to be caught up on grading! Unfortunately, another stack of papers comes in and then you’re behind again. But I am enjoying the few days this week when I am all caught up.

5. Cats in boxes. When I came home from work on Thursday, my husband told me to check the camera. Knowing my fondness for cats in boxes, he had taken several pictures of THREE of our cats crammed into one box.

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18 responses to “5 Things I Loved About Last Week 10/11/14”

  1. carriegelson Avatar

    Okay I got teary reading about your son reading to you. Reflexive and intensive pronouns? Really? Hmm . . . I would like to just arrive in this entire post – to spy on the reading and Mom moment, to ooh at the cute cats and of course to have a piece of pie. The grading . . . will leave that to you!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      You know, I’d really be ok sharing the grading. What about if I provide the pie?? I can also promise cats! Many of them! I had to Google reflexive and intensive pronouns. I have three degrees–all in English–and have never once needed to know the difference between reflexive and intensive pronouns. But my son seems to be enjoying it. He has a very bubbly teacher who claims to love grammar, so perhaps that makes a difference. That reading moment was so special.

  2. nerdybookgirl Avatar

    That reading moment is so special. I’m so happy for both of you.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! I really wasn’t sure we’d ever get there–at least not without some pretty extensive interventions.

  3. kaeleighmuir Avatar

    What a proud moment for you as a mother, and LOVE The Princess Bride! Maw-rige?

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So many great lines from The Princess Bride! My husband and I are constantly quoting it to each other. I don’t think my son quite understood why we were so delighted watching it, but it was largely from hearing favorite lines that we’ve said dozens of times to each other.

  4. anita Avatar

    I got teary eyed reading your post about the magic of reading. It’s always special and miraculous but when kids struggle, the magical moment is indeed one of those feeling that makes you want to run down the street screaming and hollering and celebrating with tears streaming down your cheeks.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Absolutely, Anita. The struggle makes that moment when they get it incredibly magical. I had to actually step outside for a few minutes and collect myself because I could tell my son was starting to feel self-conscious!

  5. Carol Wilcox Avatar

    Like Carrie, I teared up when I read about your son! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m so happy for him!

  6. Deb Day (@mrsday75) Avatar

    What a great week. Your son reads to you. There is Black Bottom Chocolate Pie (which I immediately pinned). The Princess Bride and you are caught up on grading. Does life get better than that?

    Love your post 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Life did feel very good this week! The Black Bottom Chocolate Pie is superb–will definitely make again. AND it’s fall break so I get Monday and Tuesday off!

  7. jarhartz Avatar

    Reading is an amazing process. It’s no simple thing, and for many of us getting there is a very big deal. So happy for you and your son.

    That plus Princess Bride, grading done, cats in boxes, chocolate…(sigh) …. can’t ask for much more.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      What a process it’s been–so many ups and downs. You’re right: it’s no simple thing. So glad we’ve gotten there!

  8. Ramona Avatar

    So much to love here – cats in boxes, reading highs, pie, and a movie. Oh & getting caught up on grading…glad you have two days off before you collect papers again.

  9. Elizabeth Avatar

    That pie looks scrumptious! Every once in awhile I think of your banana chocolate bread pudding and sigh a bit. Do you still make it?

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So funny–I was just thinking of that banana chocolate bread pudding a few days ago! I haven’t made it in years. I know I took a recipe for banana bread pudding and added the chocolate. So good. I have been baking more lately and finding it very therapeutic–both the act of doing it and the yummy sweets I get to eat afterward!

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