Revisionist History

Posted: November 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Bad Mom Moves, Discoveries, Miss Kate, Preschool | 3 Comments »

I was late picking up Kate from school yesterday. Again.

When I walked into her classroom she was helping the teacher pin some of their work up on the wall. It was a project about the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. The kids had painted cool life-sized skeletons and had talked about people and animals they’d known who’d died.

Kate’s quote—the longest one by far—was hanging front and center.

“My cousin’s fish died. My grandpa’s dog died. I helped feed her breakfast. I had a cat named Edwin who used to sleep on my bed. Recently, Edwin died.”

It’s true that Cousin Gavin did have a fish—a few I think by now—that went the way of the toilet bowl. In fact, the first one expired on a weekend when Mark’s mom was babysitting, requiring Grandma to deliver the first Sometimes Things We Love Die lecture. I like how that life lesson extended across the country to Kate.

And yes, my father’s beloved wire-haired Dachshund, Katie, passed away recently. Somehow Mark and I decided to name our daughter Kate when there already was a Katie in the family—albeit a four-legged one. So trips home to Rhode Island inevitably resulted in all of us having to clarify child from beast.

“I’m taking Katie for a walk!” I’d call through the house. “Katie the Girl, not Katie the Dog.”

And then there’s the cat Kate mentioned in her school’s, uh, ‘death unit.’ The thing is, we ain’t never had a cat. Now, I certainly don’t like the thought of Kate telling tall tales. Especially those that are writ large in the middle of her classroom. But when I read her comment yesterday, I was actually kinda proud of her lie.

I mean, many kids would say their fake cat’s name was Snowball, or Boots, or Fluffy. I just love that Kate’s cat-we-never-had is called Edwin. Maybe it’s her crafty way of ensuring that any babies that might come into our family someday won’t be given the same name.


3 Comments on “Revisionist History”

  1. 1 Megan Bibbo said at 4:20 pm on November 10th, 2009:

    I love it! Perhaps she got it from the Olivia books. Olivia gets dressed and moves Edwin the cat….

  2. 2 FAB said at 6:36 pm on November 11th, 2009:

    Celebrating the Day of the Dead (relatively unknown on the East Coast) is a very good experience for anyone, especially a young child. Kate summed up her experience, real and imaginative, beautifully, and her mention of Kate, the dog, brought back to me such wonderful feelings about that little pooch..keep up the good work Kate…

  3. 3 kristen said at 4:25 pm on November 16th, 2009:

    omg, meg. you are right! here i was thinking she had a brilliant future in advertising–creative, original, quirky–and it’s from tv. joke’s on me! i guess she’s just going to have to be president now.

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