I wish I could say this post is about my kids or being a parent but, no! This one is also about me. I am a pleaser by nature. And am quite nervous around authority figures. But, I've been through the conferences before and my second graders teacher is 20 years younger than me so I felt pretty good going in. That one went well. We didn't even need the allotted 20 mins. I didn't start sweating. But the second one got away from me...
My first graders teacher is older. Elderly. Older and wiser and the boss of me. I was fine at first, still feeling the confidence of the previous conference. After fifteen minutes I felt we had covered everything so I started packing up my pen and notepad*. She sat back in her chair and smiled. Oh, I thought, this isn't over until she says it's over. That's when I got weird and started saying things like this.
"Well, she sure loves to learn!!" And, "She just keeps growing!! Everyday!!"
And she blank stared at me.
I went on and on. I think I said something about our whole family being "school lovers!!!". She had nothing to say about my daughter after the initial fifteen, in hindsight I think she was just wanting to hang out and chat. When will this need to please people that just makes people uncomfortable ever leave my body?
*No I didn't take notes. It was my Christmas list, I just didn't want her to think I was a slacker.