A Report on Christmas

“Mom…. are we doing school today?”

Hmmm?” I put down the painters’ tape and look over my shoulder. The plumber just left 15 minutes ago- the bathroom sink drains again… thank goodness. No more sink funk dwelling in the bottom of the basin for hours on end. I check that task off the to-do list and walk down the hallway to assess my late night handiwork, noting spots where I need to touch up the walls with more paint.

Primrose begins again, “I mean… is there anything you want me to do today for school?”

“Oh,” I pick up the painters’ tape again and head to to living room. I smooth a piece across the edge of the ceiling.

“Whatever you want sweetie. I’m not too worried about school this week. Feel free to do some if you’d like, though. Your workbooks are in the third drawer down.” I nod my head to the school cart and put my attention back to the painting project. Prepping is the most time-consuming part of the job, but I know it must be done well. My husband is much better at this than I am, I think to myself, and I adjust the tape I’ve adhered around a window frame.

Primrose wanders off, and I wonder if I should take off the lightswitch covers or just paint around them? Take them off, I decide. I rummage through the tool basket for a screwdriver the right size.

20 minutes pass. I’m making progress. I open a new package of painters’ tape just as Primrose comes back into the room.

“Here you go. A report on Christmas,” she hands me a sheet of paper and wanders off again, this time to play with dolls.

I stop what I’m doing and look at the paper. Primrose’s penciled print sprawls across the bright white page:


Report on Christmas
by [Primrose]

Christmas is a time of kindness and joy, for the Savior is born. We give presents to all our friends and family, and on Christmas morning we get presents from Santa. We feel the joy and peace that Jesus was born to all so we could be forgiven.

(spelling and grammar errors edited for this post)


No, Primrose. I don’t think you need to do any school today. It’s a week before Christmas, and it seems to me you’ve already learned the most important lesson of all.

Now, where did I put that tape?

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  1. says

    That just makes my heart grow 4 sizes!

    I wish you would have left the errors in. They are one of my favorite parts and they will be gone before you know it.

  2. Andy says

    Ahem, just to clarify: tools are manly things and should never be stored in a large wicker laundry basket :)
    Thanks for working so hard painting hon.
    Hey- I got our family’s Christmas card in the mail today…I noticed you used one of the pictures where I look the best- that was nice of you.
    Love, Me.