Amazingly Proud

Last week, we had our first parent/teacher conference of the school year. Kiddo is in fifth grade this year and I’m happy to report, this is her best year by far. Her teachers love her, she loves them, and other than getting off to a slow start, she’s doing very well. We started the meeting with one of her teachers reading me something Kiddo had written that day. It was so amazing I nearly cried. I’ve been waiting ever since to get a copy so I could proudly share it with all of you.

This short work was inspired by Dr. Seuss and I’m completely willing to admit, my daughter may turn out to be a better writer than I will ever be.

To Fly by Isabelle Osburn

I flutter and I flit, it’s time to leave my nest.
I say it’s time, but they won’t listen to me.
As I take my stance, ready to fly, the world is big,
But I can do it.
Colors and coral trees and flowers,
But as I say, it’s time, it’s time, it’s time.
I hear those words again and again.
I hear one voice, a voice that tells me great things.
“You will fly,” it tells me. “You will fly.”
The power of the Universe will help you,
The sun, the wind, the trees, and the sea will help you.

I jump off that nest and the voice was right,
I do fly, I do.

I think it’s clear where I find my inspiration.

15 thoughts on “Amazingly Proud”

  1. Renee says:

    You have every right to be proud. I don’t know how you didn’t cry. I almost did.

    Congratulations, mom.

  2. irisheyes says:

    That was really something, Terri. I definitely think you’ve got some heavy duty competition there:)

    Isn’t it amazing when we are confronted with our children’s brilliance! I’ve been taken aback a time or two myself over the past couple of years. It is such an awesome feeling when you go to parent/teacher conferences and all they do is rave about your kid. A much needed boost to your mom ego!

  3. Oh my! She wrote it the day of the conference and the first time you’d heard it when the teacher read it? Wow. It’s beautiful. Inspirational. Maybe the voice she hears in the poem telling her she can fly is yours. 🙂

  4. MsHellion says:

    VERY beautiful. I love the voice of the Universe thing saying SHE CAN. She clearly gets that from what you say all the time.

  5. 2nd Chance says:

    And she will be a poet to complement her mother’s brilliant sense of humor…

    What a magical thing to have and hold. Now…frame it!

  6. Janga says:

    Oh, wonderful, Terri! Give your young poet my warmest congratulations. And congratulations to you too. Her confidence and freedom of expression are evidence of what a terrific job you are doing as a mom.

  7. Quantum says:

    Thats amazing Terri!

    With insight and creativity like that she might make a pretty useful scientist.

    Perhaps you could suggest that she thinks more about ‘the power of the universe’ *smile*

  8. TerriOsburn says:

    Renee – Thanks so much, and it was close!

    Irish – We’ve never really had a bad conference, but her teacher last year was a good fit. Which is a nice way of saying, I didn’t like the way she treated or talked about Kiddo. This year is much better and it shows in her performance. Such a relief!

  9. TerriOsburn says:

    Melissa – Yes, she had just written it in school that day. And this was one of those quick things. The teacher read the inspiration poem, and this is what came to her. No struggling or editing or revising. Can you believe that?!

    I say all the time that the decisions I’ve made have been to show her what she’s capable of doing. But it’s still incredibly rewarding when they reveal they’re really getting it. And believing it.

  10. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks, Hellie. But when it comes to writing, you’re the voice that has often told me *I* can. So thanks to you for that.

    Chance – This will definitely get a place of honor in the house! Thanks.

    Janga – I really did think of you first when I read this. I always think of you with poetry and I couldn’t wait for you to see this. And thanks for the sweet words.

  11. TerriOsburn says:

    Q – She does like science, but I’m not sure she’s on the path to being a scientist. But you never know! Thanks.

  12. I don’t stop over here enough, so I’ve missed out on you moving on. But wow—what a fantastic poem. Gets me all motivated for a Sunday morning. We can all fly if we believe. (yay for Tinkerbell and Dumbo!)

  13. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks, Maggie. And no worries about missing my moving on moment. (That alliteration is just for you.) It was a spontaneous decision and totally unexpected. I guess we’ll see if it was a good one by the end of NaNo.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Terri: That was beautiful. I had a sick dream (you know when you’re so ill you start dreaming weird dreams, that kind of dream) about that poem last night. I can’t believe how talented and amazing kiddo is becoming! It’s clear that it’s inherited from you.

    And I agree with Hellion. I believe the voice of the Universe is you telling her she’s beautiful and the world is her oyster. It helps that she has such a great role model showing her how to tackle the world with grace and dignity.


  15. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks so much, Di. I’m happy Kiddo’s words could inspire your dreams. And I know I haven’t emailed in WAY too long, but I think about you every day. 🙂 I know you’re under the weather so I hope you kick the ick soon!

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