My 4th graders were busy creating acrostic poems for their mothers for Mother's Day. They were given the choice of writing
T or O
down the left side of their papers, and then filling in a descriptive word for each letter, to describe their mothers. "Marvelous" and "Outstanding" were getting their moments in the sun, as were "Terrific," "Hugs," "Excellent," "Really good cook," and one edgy "Ruler of the House."
A boy looked up from his poem, mildly disheartened. "Hmmm," he said, mildly frustrated. "I really wish "Mother" had a 'B' in it."
I paused, distracted by what seemed like an obvious, but completely inappropriate "B-word."
"Why's that?" I asked, reluctant.
"Ahhh..." he said, shaking his head as if to show his disappointment. "Never mind."
Reason #17 to be glad "Mother" doesn't have a 'B' in it.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!