Oh, Maria. She is always so gone I don't even have pictures to post! She loves to go out and be out and do stuff. She is a genius, she is doing great at first grade, I have zero reasons to worry about her in second grade. That's good, right? She said two funny things tonight, let's see if I can remember them. We were on our way to Pat Flynn's, the restaurant where I used to work, so she could troll for donations for her walkathon which is tomorrow, and we were on our way there and she said to me "maybe if no one donates, we can just rob them. KIDDING!. Ha! She is kidding. Then she said another funny thing but I can't remember. She is a joy and a terror to me. Today Felicity was sick and I said I'd take her for a cookie after we picked up Maria and Veronica. So we picked up the cookies and we were getting back in the afterward and I asked Maria to strap up Felicity and she moaned, ughhhhhh, and I said nevermind I will do it! And she said no! I will do it and I said no! You have to just DO IT you can't complain! It's hard. Sometimes she will say something mean and then say "just kidding" to Veronica or something and I tell her, you can't do that. It's just as mean as if you *weren't kidding*. She is trying. Sometimes I think she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, my poor first neuro-typical baby nd sometimes I think oh the HELL with that. She is fine. Her teachers love her, she has one million friends, we are crazy about her, she is fine. She is more than fine! She is a genius almost second grade girl!
Maria is losing teeth left and right! She feels a tooth getting loose and then she talks about it incessantly until it gives up and falls out, ha! She is doing very well in school, she has a lot of friends, she is practically perfect. She is extremely dramatic and if something makes her mad, she drops to the floor and writhes around doing a St. Vitus Dance. PS something makes her mad almost every day, usually by 6:45.
Maria marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade yesterday, Mike went to Party City and got her beads and a cute headband with shamrocks on it. She had a great time, I am hoping that at some point I can find some pictures of it and I'll put them up.
She also finished Monarch Madness last night, which caused them to be up late, it was well after 9:00 when they went to sleep last night so she was super tired and grumpy this morning. But she can be cajoled into feeling better, and once it occurs to her that she is going to get to go to school and see everyone, she's better. Lately, I don't know, she just is getting super charming and sweet so even when she is grumpy I know it's not going to last and I can just wait for her to turn back into her great self.
Maria was in the library when I got there today to volunteer. She was with her friend Camille, and I was thinking about when school started this year. Maria was with some kids from her kindergarten class, her friend Luke, and her friend Violet were both in her class the year before. She told me there was a new girl and her name was Camille. I said oh how nice, where did she go to school last year? Maria said, like I was stupid, I don't know! I didn't talk to her because I don't know her! I said, Maria, because she is new is exactly WHY you should talk to her and be nice, maybe she's lonely and could use a friend. That girl marched herself into that school the next day and started talking to Camille and hasn't stopped since, they are total BFF's, according to Maria.
I like her friendship with Camille because I think it shows that a) she listened to me about something and b) that she is a kind person, she has a good heart. I'm so proud of her, every day.
Have I said how good Maria is at Math? She is good at everything, school wise, so far, but she seems to have a great grasp of Math. She is doing some kind of ca-razy math at school and it's driving Mike and me crazy but we have learned that we don't even really have to get involved. It's so dumb, she is subtracting and adding by tens and she uses a CHART to figure out, like, 72-10. If I were doing that, I'd put the 72 on to and a 10 beneath it and then I'd subtract 1 from 7 and 0 from 2 and get 62 but she has to check it on some chart to get to 62. I don't really want to argue with anyone and as I told Mike, if she can learn it at seven years old, we can surely learn enough to help her with her homework.
Every day that she gets older gets better. I am sick of so many things but I feel like I will never be sick of helping her with her homework, with listening to her read. I consider it a miracle.
Tonight I am taking Maria and Veronica to school, they are doing a Monarch Madness thing. Their school mascot is the Monarchs, and March Madness! is a thing for college basketball, so this is their school's take on it. They had the choice of doing basketball, that is, being coached in basketball by older kids, or doing cheerleading and they both chose cheerleading. I don't blame them, Marta's daughter Maddie is a cheerleader and she wears a super cute uniform and a giant bow in her hair and cheerleading at this level is pretty easy and they can succeed, so why not, right?
Anyway, of course Maria wants to do it. She will do anything! I said do you want to audition for the musical and she said YES. She told me a few weeks ago, Miss Scheidler said to raise our hand if we wanted to do something in the Mass that we are in charge of, so I raised my hand and now I'm TALKING! After they rehearsed in the church, she said "we practiced our prayers today that we're doing with the Mass, we used the microphone, it was AWESOME!, I felt like Father Guy or something up there". Ha! I said do you want to do Monarch Madness and before I could get the words out of my mouth, she said YES! Then Veronica said yes too and I think that's lucky. Maybe Veronica wouldn't want to do things if it were just her but because Maria is there, just one grade ahead of her, she is happy to do it, too.
Oh, Maria. Last Friday she was supposed to be in Annie, her stage debut! at school. On Thursday, Veronica was sick and stayed home, so she missed Maria and the rest of the cast doing the show for the whole school assembly. Maria said it was "great!". She said her friend Camille gave her TWO thumbs up and hugged her and even the boys hugged her and gave the thumbs up, TWO thumbs up, she kept saying, so cute.
So Friday Veronica stayed home too but she rallied and we all went to St. Joan of Arc for the show. I had taken the night off work, we were meeting Laura there, everything was all set so of course Maria threw up on the way in to school. I didn't know if it was nerves or what and she said she was okay but right before the play started Mike said "there's Maria" and I craned my neck to see the stage and he said, no THERE'S Maria, and she was coming toward us with her teacher. I took her hand and we were walking out when bleeeeaaaaahhhh she threw up AGAIN. Oh Lord it was a mess! A nice mom friend of mine got me paper towels and cleaner and I cleaned up while Mike got the car but by the time he got there Maria wanted to stay and see her number so he took Veronica and Felicity and Laura headed to our house while I waited with Maria so she could see her friends in Hard Knock Life.
We walked out to the car and I said well, Maria, I'm glad you got to do the show yesterday and maybe you can do it tomorrow. I said I'm glad you got to see your number, no one else did! We got home and she threw up before we got into the house, even, and was sick all night, joined eventually by Felicity and Anthony, ugh.
But she was such a great sport about it. She realized on Saturday that she wasn't going to be able to go that night and she was just very understanding and grown up about it. I honestly feel like Mike and I were more disappointed for her than she was for herself, so we just went with her. She is something else. Here's what she wrote in her journal for school about it, it doesn't all fit in the picture, but it has a happy ending, where she felt better on Sunday! And went to the store!