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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-12 17:36
Subject: [child] Sometimes they grow up
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Tags:child, personal
So, in the past week or so, the_child has apparently jumped a grade level in her reading ability; enthusiastically thrown herself into writing a large, complex report on Nebraska; on her own initiative asked her music teacher for extra cello lessons because she thought she wasn't measuring up, arranged the schedule herself, and given up her morning class break to find the time; asked me what it meant to be popular then dissected the social hierarchy of her classroom quite incisively; commented on how she and one of the boys have put a lot of effort into helping a new kid in the class with a difficult transition from home schooling to the classroom (something her teacher had mentioned privately to me and her mom with great praise) — "I know how I'd feel if I was him, and I don't want him to feel that way"; and asked me what it meant to have a crush on someone and how would she know.

My head, she spins. My child, she grows up. I am proud, very proud.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2009-03-13 01:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Remember to find out how many kids in her class before you go to China. She'll want souvenirs for each of them. Or she could collect their addresses and send them all postcards.

She's the kind of person who'd think of stuff like that.
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Jay Lake: child-smiling_close
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-13 01:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:child-smiling_close
Actually, she already has. She's been planning the postcard thing for a while...
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2009-03-13 02:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Told you she'd think of it.

:)
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Kevin Standlee: SMOF Zone
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2009-03-13 02:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:SMOF Zone
Great! Don't tell her, but if she turns out to be of a fannish inclination, we have an eye on her to chair a Worldcon sometime in the 2020s. :)
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Button: books
User: supersniffles
Date: 2009-03-13 11:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:books
I'd vote for that!
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misofuhni: wish
User: misofuhni
Date: 2009-03-13 02:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:wish
As a parent of three, I hate to tell you this, but--your head is about seven times bigger right about now.

Don't worry, it's a good thing and well deserved. You done good.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-03-13 02:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Clearly, your daughter rocks! Just like her father.
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User: ex_truepenn
Date: 2009-03-13 02:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the_child, she is awesome.
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Jennifer Jackson
User: arcaedia
Date: 2009-03-13 03:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The more I hear about her, the more wonderful a person she seems to be becoming.
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-03-13 03:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:alton
Apparently you're doing a fine job with that whole kid raising thing. Congratulations!
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J.K.Richárd: ONOZ!
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2009-03-13 03:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:ONOZ!
"[...]what it meant to have a crush on someone and how would she know."

"Go to your room!" :D
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-03-13 03:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good kid: good parents. Go her, and go you!
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-03-13 04:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is awesome. I'm so happy for you. There are times when parenting doesn't rock (she says with a son of 22) but when it does, it rocks -completely- and it's the Best Thing Ever.

You are both made of world-conquering awesomeness.
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dinogrl: You Rock simpsons
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-03-13 05:35 (UTC)
Subject: Made of WIN!
Keyword:You Rock simpsons
I don't have kids. Oh. Wait. I do! Twenty a year! One of the reasons why I stick with this teaching gig (other than all the big bucks) is for those dear little spark plugs in their brains to fire that cylinder. (Especially when indoctrinating the genre on them...hehe).

Yay for you! Yay for her!
Clearly the spark ignited.
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Dan/Дмитрий
User: icedrake
Date: 2009-03-13 05:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Grow up, she does. But was it mentioned in the maintenance manual that the process would be so asymptotic?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-13 15:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I swear I asked for the upgrade schedule in the SLA, but noooooooo...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-13 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Drawing constantly...
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User: ext_137244
Date: 2009-03-13 15:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"I know how I'd feel if I was him, and I don't want him to feel that way"

Wow! I wish half the adults I knew understood that one, and I wish I had learned it much earlier.
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Rhonda Parrish
User: rhondaparrish
Date: 2009-03-13 15:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is very awesome :)
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User: hkneale
Date: 2009-03-14 05:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Now, give her a couple of rolls of toilet paper, and late one night, point out all the trees in the neighbor's yard.

Report back on what happens next.
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