“How was your day?” such a simple question that usually has a simple answer. “Great.” “Good.” “Not bad.” “Horrible.” Whatever the response, it’s always a conversation starter, and something us parents ask our children everyday after school in some way or another.
As I pick up Bryce from school, we walk down the hallway hand in hand, and I always ask him, “How was your day?” to which he replies, “Had fun at school.” Now, wheither or not he actually had fun at school is debatable, (although I’m pretty sure he does have fun at school because he comes home with a smile) but I’ve sort of ‘trained’ that response from him. Not intentionally, but knowing Bryce isn’t able to communicate in a back and forth conversation (to a degree), I’d sort of have this conversation with myself on his behalf.
“How was school today? Did you have fun?” “Oh you had fun.” “That’s good.” “Did you eat all your lunch?” “Good job!” Something like that would be the conversation. Now when I ask him these questions, he replies with those answers.
Anyways, today as Bryce and I were walking from the school to the parking lot I overheard 3 different conversations parents were having with their kids. “So, how was your day?” asked one parent, and the child replied, “I had fun,” and then the parent asked, “Did you eat all your lunch?” and the kid replied, “yes,” and in their own way, the parent replied, “Good job!”
Honestly, it was the first time that I ever actually connected with a parent of a typical child. I felt like the norm.
Thanks for reading,