Oh The Places You’ll Go!

 
Dear Ibby,
Today you were supposed to do your homework.  You haven’t done your Canadian Curriculum in almost a week.  You need to practice your writing and your math.  Just as you finished your Arabic homework, we were supposed to move onto something else and you asked me if you could take a break.  I said no.  You then asked if you could just quickly go read your book and promised it would be only five minutes.  It took a lot from me to say yes.  The I-must-prove-I-can-keep-up-with-the-curriculum Mom in me started to come out but I (literally) took a deep breath, and let go.  I let go of the expectations and stresses, and said yes.
You broke your promise.  You were longer than five minutes.  But its okay my baby, I forgave you.  It’s okay that you took longer than five minutes.  Its okay that you took longer than ten minutes.  Actually its so okay that we never even opened any other homework books today.
As a second child of three children, sometimes your accomplishments aren’t as acknowledged as they should be.  But this one is big.  This one deserves a big recognition.  You have been reading for maybe about a year now, but only a handful of words.  But now, now you are really reading.
You’re reading so well that you completed a whole Dr Suess book – Wacky Wednesday- yesterday.  And Dr Suess isn’t the easiest of books to read.  You even told me how he talks really funny and doesn’t always make a lot of sense.
You reading makes me happy.  But first and foremost, Im proud of your determination.  Your love and passion to learn.  Im not always the typical mom who sits down and reviews flashcards and phonics  [note:  I said not always because sometimes I have those freak out moments when I frantically try to catch you up to the standards].  So because of my somewhat laid back approach, it really truly amazes me when I see the payoff.  When I see the magic in your eyes when you’ve decided you want to learn something, put your mind to it, and get it done.  Just like you have with reading.

You were so so proud when you finished the book yesterday and my heart just burst with love for you. I hope and pray you take that drive and apply it to many aspects in your life.

Ill leave it to Dr Suess to finish this letter up…

 

I know you’ll go to great places inshaAllah,
Keep it up!
Momma is so proud of you.
Love and duas,
Always and forever,
Momma

 

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  1. Mariam October 7, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    I totally understand your joy! My younger only picked up reading in the last year and its been amazing to see him move from strength to strength and looking forward to library trips and coming back with arms full of books! Alhamdulillah.