Wednesday, October 8, 2008


My daughter. My seven year old daughter.

She’s in 3rd grade .... and 3rd grade is a heckuva big leap from 2nd grade, let me tell you.

There’s already been frustration, tears, doubt and anger over assignments. There’s been questions galore over why there’s “so much homework!” in 3rd grade. There’s been astonishment at the fact the “times tables” need to be learned. (However, when I showed her a trick about the “9's”, her eyes lit up like a Times Square on a Saturday night.)

Over the course of a month of weeks, mathematics has become simultaneously harder and easier. We’ve seen jaw-dropping progress in her reading and comprehension. And her ability to "step it up" is coming in leaps and bounds.

Rupe’s proudest moment thus far, however, is her English.

Rupe shares some of his daughter's sentences pieced together from vocabulary word assignments garnered over the course of the last few weeks. Rupe’s picked out some that he's particularly enjoyed when they've been read aloud - by Rupe's daughter, no less.

Awed and jealous at the same time, Rupe wishes he could write this well. The fact these example sentences are put together in such unique and expressive ways is testament to Rupe’s youngest daughter being - indeed and in fact - of his loins. (Yes, I know. My “proud parentage” is showing. Deal with it.)

And now, without further ado, please enjoy:

    - There was a small town law.

    - I had to save a life and escape.

    - There was a note formed like a cube.

    - On Third Street, there was a hard tornado.

    - I had luck on the hunt because I won.

    - I smell something unusual.

    - There was a giant statue in the morning.

    - The directions say north, then I got into a situation.

    - Her giant, dark work hurt her hand.

And Rupe's favorite:

    - She turned, it was dark, then it was clear.

............................ Ruprecht ( STOP )


  1. I would like to invite your daughter to be the ghost writer for my blog. Wow! That's some talent a'brewin', pops!

  2. I love it Rupe!! I hope you will continue to post gems from her!! Thanks for sharing...

  3. I love it! I hope you are keeping the originals in a folder somewhere. The original words in her handwriting will be priceless someday.

    Keep 'em coming!

  4. very very cute. you should be proud. i'm worried i'm going to have to go back to school in order to help my son with his homework (when he's older of course)!