An Abnormal Childhood

Say goodbye to the dog & get to school!

Say goodbye to the dog & get to school!

I took today off so I could be a “normal” mom for the first day of school.  I’m usually on television during the morning hours.  But today, I was able to make breakfast and help my middle schooler with her hair.  My husband used to say “I don’t do braids!”  By kindergarten, she wouldn’t let him even brush her hair in the morning.  She’s quite independent now, telling me just yesterday, “I already have my outfits picked out for the first three days.”  That’s after she insisted we make a special trip to her school yesterday in order to decorate her locker and make sure everything is in order.

She reminds me of me.  By 7th grade, I had already decided on a career in journalism.  I love writing and words (which explains my Scrabble addiction).  I can’t recall my parents ever making a big deal out of the first day of school.  It was just a given that I’d go and try to excel.

My parents owned a Chinese restaurant throughout my childhood.  Hard work.  Long hours.  We spent little time at our house.  I’d go to the restaurant after school to do my homework in a booth and then help out as a hostess or waitress.  I was a student council officer, cheerleader, gymnast, German Club president, school paper editor, you-name-it. My parents only heard about my exploits.  They weren’t around for much because they were always busy working.

But it’s that work that allowed for my college education and career in television.  I’ll be back at work tomorrow morning.  My daughter has no problems doing her own hair.

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08 2009

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  1. 1

    It’s a good thing that being able to “do girl hair” is not a prerequisite. There is a reason why I had all boys except for one girl… I could never do hair:) About two years ago, I pulled my only daughter out of public school, and started homeschooling her. I never thought I would be one of “those people…” but after 20 years of kids in public school, if there is one thing I have figured out, it is that it is not the perfect fit for every child. We all do the things we think are best for our kids, right? I’m glad you got the morning off for her first day of school:)

  2. Ken & Ros #
    2

    Very inspiring! Your parents knew the recipe for success. This is the kind of story that should be told time and again. Your daughter is very lucky to have a great mom. Both you and your husband are paving the way for her success. Nancy, you had a wonderful upbringing. Keep up the good work with both family and career.

  3. Ken & Ros #
    3

    Very inspiring! Your parents knew the recipe for success. This is the kind of story that should be told time and again. Your daughter is very lucky to have a great mom. Both you and your husband are paving the way for her success. Nancy, you had a wonderful upbringing. Keep up the good work with both family and career.

  4. 4

    Aw, thanks for surfing in to read and comment, too!

  5. Scott Johnson #
    5

    As someone who grew up knowing you, Nancy, I know what kind of a go-getter you are, and how hard you’re working. I applaud your taking the time to make sure that the first day of school went smoothly.

    My 14 year old had his first day of high school yesterday, and my 10 year old starts in a week. It’s amazing how fast it goes and you really *need* to take the time to revel in it before it’s gone.

    (I remember waiting in line to get my 14 year old into preschool. It feels like it was about 6 months ago.)

  6. 6

    I know how hard you worked as a child. I’ve witnessed it with my husband and heard many stories. I admire my in-laws so much and I find it amazing how they immigrated here and in a short amount of time they were able to actually own a business. You also amaze me!I see where your strong foundation came from and that’s why being a dedicated MOM and always on the top of your game is a piece of cake for you. :-)

  7. 7

    You know I mentioned this blog to my mom. (She still struggles with what exactly is a blog) However, she did enjoy the context but we later agreed that you are a normal mom.

    Many children mother’s never are able to walk their children to school or see them off. My mom always worked therefore normal is a working mom. My dad was home in the mornings and my mom was gone before we would rise.

    Guess what Nancy, you are normal and all the ones that are stay at home moms are the abnormal ones. :)



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