Things look different from a child#039;s eye view
SOUTH POINT - She may not be 10 feet tall and bulletproof, but many a mama in South Point is tall … very tall … and tired … just ask their children.
This week, children across Lawrence County reflected on their mommies and what makes her special. At South Point Elementary, children made cards and other special gifts for their mothers and even took home a small flower to bestow upon what one child called his "good angel."
In Susan Waller's first-grade class, children assembled coupon books that, when presented to mom on her special day, would entitle her to hugs, kisses and … a personal assistant, if only for a day.
"I want them to learn to appreciate their mothers," Waller said as she surveyed her students who were hard at work on those special gifts. "I do have a special class. They've worked very hard so we can take time now and do things like this."
Each student had his or her own reasons why mom was magical.
"She's a good mom," Eli Lucas said of his mother as he colored a card for her. "She's a good cook. She takes me shopping."
Taylor Scott said her mom works hard and "takes me places."
Already, mom's labors of love are not lost on Taylor.
"She has to get up early to get to work," Taylor noted.
Children also colored a door hanger that read "Mom's Day Off" instead of the typical "Do Not Disturb."
Judging from the children in Waller's class, R&R is exactly what those mommies need. When asked what their mommies would do on their day off, most of the children replied, "sleep."
"She could use a day off," Erica Yates said, rolling her eyes. "She takes care of my brother."
Little Hunter is 13-months-old and a handful - by Erica's account.
Kyle Goodson said his mom was best at "being lazy" but she is pretty, just the same. When asked what she looked like, Kyle replied "a peacock."
In Jan Fitzpatrick's second-grade class, children made small books to take home to Mom.
Fitzpatrick had each child imprint a kiss on the outside of the card - after donning a little lipstick for color. The idea of lip color on masculine lips was anathema to Trey Kearns, who first vowed he would not do it.
"Why can't we just draw the lips on (the card) instead?" he asked. "No, not lipstick, not gonna do it."
Each book contained, among other things, the child's perception of his or her mother.
Each child was asked questions about mom, such as how tall she is, how much she weighs, and what she enjoys doing. Some mothers may find the written answers about themselves … well, surprising.
Breann Thacker wrote that her mom, Robin Thacker, is a towering 7 feet tall but weighs in at a dainty 33 pounds.
If you think 7 feet is statuesque, consider that Bruce Broome's mom, Brenda, is 80 feet tall, by her son's estimation. And she weighs 10 pounds.
Danielle Caldwell said her mother, Linda, is a good cook and makes the best "baby food" but has a personal penchant for eating "nasty old rice."
Asked why her mother was special, Ny-thau Brown replied quickly, "Because she don't whoop me."
Does this mean Ny-thau and her brother and sister get into a little mischief every now and then?
"Not too much," she replied. "My brother does more than me."
Maddy Damron said her mother, Tammy Damron, is "good to us. She takes care of us," Maddy said. "She washes clothes for us and stuff."
While most of the children mentioned their mother's culinary abilities and social skills as evidence of their mother's specialness, Thomas Martin was short and to the point with his answer.
Can she cook?
Can she shop?
Does she play ball with him?
None of the above is the reason for his gratitude, according to Thomas.
He loves her just "because."
"She's my mom," he said simply.
Reason enough to explain it perfectly.