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Dad’s Notes

by Maureen Slamer

Dad’s head slumped into his hands. Wow, that was a tough one! Peyton is terrified of that test tomorrow. She knows the information. She knows how to solve those problems. She knows it all! Dad rubbed the back of his neck. How can I help her? 

Later that night, Dad opened Peyton’s door. He watched as Peyton tossed and turned restlessly. I hope she can sleep. She needs the rest. Dad closed Peyton’s door softly. Man, I wish I could be here for her in the morning.

Early the next morning, Dad walked into the kitchen. He rummaged through the junk drawer and grabbed the sticky notes. I hope this will work. He wrote quickly. He walked to Peyton’s door and quietly pressed them in place. I hope she sees them. I have to be at work early

Peyton’s alarm rang. She rolled over. Nooooo…not yet. She heard mom yell from the kitchen. “Peyton, come on, get up.” Slowly Peyton threw the covers back. Her bare feet hit the floor.

“I’m coming! Gimme a sec!” Peyton dressed quickly. She pulled her door open. A flash of blue caught her eye. What’s this? Peyton eyed the notes. She read. A grin appeared. Peyton raced to the kitchen. She pawed through the junk drawer. Here they are. Peyton began to write.

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Peyton age 10

She raced down the hallway. She pressed it into place. Thanks Daddy! I got this!

Building Writing Relationships

Peyton’s dad was challenged. He was unsure how to help his child. Often words are not remembered during a stressful time. His note provided support, care, and sent a clear message 
of encouragement. Peyton’s response revealed both her love and her appreciation; what a fabulous way to use writing!
 
In this world, gadgets and gizmos are dominating our way of communicating with others. They are more impersonal. With young children we may have to consider other ways to communicate our thoughts. It might mean a hastily written sticky note, or a simple picture of hearts and smiley faces. Written notes form a bond with our child; they can be read over and over.

They become an avenue to build relationships and a way to practice those reading and writing skills being developed. 

Like messages in a bottle waiting to be discovered…

• a note or card in a lunch box

• a note on the bedroom door or bathroom mirror

• a note tucked into a backpack or gym bag to read before practice

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