Father’s Day Notes, Annotated

I love that I can leave things like Father’s Day cards and crafts to my kids’ teachers. On Friday, both Vivian and William brought home the worst-kept secrets ever: bird houses they painted and built in their Grade One classrooms.

They also brought home letters to their dad.

Here is William’s note. You can see my transcription (and interpretations) below.

Dear Dad [great beginning]

I Love you so much! [This sentence took me a day to write. I told Mom. She says either it’s heartfelt or I spent 44 minutes daydreaming about Decepticons.]

I like shooting bask[ets] with you and playing soccer with you [especially when you I score on you, like I did at last night’s parents vs. children soccer game].

love william [who needs capital letters? e. e. cummings didn’t].

*

Here is Vivian’s letter (William’s twin sister):

Dear Dad [another fab opener],

Thank you for making my life better in the past few years [even though those first four years were very rough].

You ARE the best! [as opposed to…were?]

You buy us things we like [way too much according to Mom], and you play with us.You love us too.

Wow dad I don’t know how you do that [but I plan to google it soon].

You would get a trophy from me…You will! [but Mom doesn’t like letting any more stuff in the house].

Love you[r] daughter Vivian [you know, in case you were thinking I was someone else’s daughter].

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About Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom)

Leanne Shirtliffe (a.k.a. Ironic Mom) is the author of THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE (2014) and NO MORE BEIGE FOOD (2016). She also wrote humor books DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids and MOMMYFESTO. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta because they like complaining about the weather.

Posted on June 23, 2011, in For Dads, School Assignments, Views of Adults and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Your kids have about the most apparent personalities ever. Comes through in everything they do. Love the commentary.

  2. Trish Loye Elliott

    Too funny! I love the personality differences in your kids and your added comments. It’s great to start the day with a smile.

  3. I like how Vivian’s is all perfectly colored and William’s sort of has the feel of, “Can I be done yet?”

    And coincidentally, 44 minutes daydreaming about Decepticons has kept me from a great deal of writing. I’m with ya, William.

    You’ve got awesome kids, Leanne. They make me laugh.

  4. Love it, Leanne! Vivian is definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with when she’s a teen…she’s already mastered the art of flattery! She’ll be telling William how great he is at shooting baskets while convincing him to do errands for her…

    Wendy

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