On Saturday, Lydia (8) was dragging her feet about getting dressed, ready for the day, cleaning, etc. After pulling her up to her room, and giving her an ultimatum about getting ready, she came downstairs having written this poem (spelling, stanzas and grammar has been standardized for comprehension's sake):
Everything Hates Me
Everything hates me
I don't know why Everything just does
At school, at home, anywhere I go
Computers, especially for the Queen in William Shakespear's time
Math. How am I ever going to become a physicist if my math hates me.
Writing. Not as much.
Homework. Maybe for others it likes, but not me.
And the most surprising one I cannot believe, but it's true -
Sometimes my own family.
Everything hates me.
I just don't know what to do with a kid that won't wo(Ourrk, but can read for forever - who acts like she's deaf, and never cleans up - but likes to write poetry to express how she feels, and then reads it to us.
She has more poems, too. Here's another one she wrote, while she was supposed to be writing a different poem (about releasing butterflies) for school.
The wind sounds like someone whistling
[whistle not so good]
Rushing through the trees
Sometimes fast like a person in a race wanting to win
Sometimes slower than a perosn can walk
I love the wind!
Here's a sign she made yesterday - she is planning on making lots of duplicates. Here I have kept her spellings:
Come and See the Walking Fence grils for one doller, cheap. Only one doller per persen.
refreshments served Saterday November 8th
11 oclock, 3 oclock, 6 oclock
On my suggestion, she did change it to free, and added that the refreshments were free too. She wants as many people to come and see eit (she walks on the supports for a wooden fence, while holding on to the slats).
I wish I knew how to harness her creativity and brain power for things like obedience, chores, and some more obedience.