Praise the Lord and pass the sibling rivalry!

April 6th, 2012 · 38 comments

Kaylee in Colorado recently found this note when going through a box of old stuff at her parents’ house. At the time this was written, she says, “I would have been about 6 and my brother 10. I fought my boredom during our weekly visits to church by doodling and writing my mother notes.”

Dear Mom, PRAISE THE LORD!! I love you, and thank you for bringing me to praise the lord each day. I love the Lord. Thank you for marring dad and making Wesley and I brother and sister. But I think you should of had me first. Love, Kaylee PS on back

P.S. Kaylee says the “PS.” on the back was “let dad read note.”

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38 responses so far ↓

  • #1   havingfitz

    I’m sorry, I’m having a LOT of trouble believing a six-year-old wrote this note. I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but the handwriting and spelling are more on par with an older kid.

    Apr 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   James

      Nothing marks a comment with insincerity more distinctly than starting it out with “I’m sorry.” No you’re not. That being said, you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. This syntax, handwriting, grammatical arrangement and spelling are right in line with someone around the age of six. Easy example: an older kid would never spell first “frist”.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   K.E.

      Most of the school papers I have saved from that age look and sound roughly like this. Maybe the 6 year olds you know are just slow?

      Apr 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   baybunnii

      just cause your kids aren’t that smart… my 5 year old has written things just as good as this…

      Apr 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Steve

      Remember she’s going through stuff at her parent’s house. I’m going to place her as young as mid 20, but could even be in her 50′s. Either way, kids 15 – 40 years ago were educated in writing and most could carry on a conversation through writing.

      Mine, however, cannot.

      Apr 7, 2012 at 7:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Uly

      Nowadays when schools stress invented spelling as a way to learn phonics, that’s the case.

      When I was a kid, it wasn’t.

      Apr 8, 2012 at 7:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Lapsed Pastafarian

      That’s exactly how my daughter would have written it at six…except she’s an atheist.

      Apr 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   me me me

    Brilliant, obviously they should have had Kaylee first and I am sure they would have if they could have.

    Apr 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Banshee

    havingfitz, Kaylee was probably homeschooled.

    Apr 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   mutzali

    When marring your husband, you need to make sure it’s where it’s hidden by his Sunday go-to-church clothes!

    Apr 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   infanttyrone

      Good if it’s covered by his Saturday-night-out-with-the-boys clothes too.

      Bad enough he’s marred – you don’t want him getting laughed at by his buds and developing some horrible psychological complex about it.

      Stuff like that can backfire on ya.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   21skulls

    I don’t think Dad is as pleased to be marred by your Mom.

    Apr 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Brandy

    Middle Child Syndrome, ftw.

    Apr 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   A

      If there only 2 siblings how is she in the middle? Is there a third ghost child I skipped reading about there?

      Apr 7, 2012 at 12:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   quat

      That would be the Holy Ghost child.

      Apr 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Laura

    I teach public high school. This writing is better than some I have seen.

    Apr 7, 2012 at 8:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   infanttyrone

      Retired middle & high school teacher here.
      Kaylee would have been on track to pass the written section of the California High School Exit Exam by about 4th grade or so.

      50/50 chance she would have outgrown the should of by then, too.

      Apr 7, 2012 at 10:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   AJ

      I teach first and that is definitely not 6 year old writing. “Should” and “bringing” are big clues, as well as the punctuation and capitalization. The first sentence being in all caps for emphasize? That’s a 2nd-3rd grade skill. That’s not to say the OP is a liar, I think she’s just remembering wrong, as I oftentimes do when trying to place my childhood material.

      Apr 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Uly

      “The first sentence being in all caps for emphasize? That’s a 2nd-3rd grade skill. ”

      I don’t see where you got that from. My nieces were doing that in kindergarten.

      Apr 8, 2012 at 8:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   AJ

      Most kindergartners struggle with remembering which letters are capital and which are lowercase. Maybe your nieces are the exception or they received help?

      Apr 8, 2012 at 9:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   infanttyrone

      The first sentence being in all caps for emphasize?

      Apr 8, 2012 at 10:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.6   Uly

      No. If they were writing normally they didn’t remember to put capital letters in at all, but if they wanted to add emphasis they MADE IT ALL CAPS LIKE THIS BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT.

      So maybe they thought capital letters = shouting?

      Apr 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.7   infanttyrone

      capital letters = shouting?
      Sure, why not…most internet chat users consider all caps to be shouting.

      #7.5 was just meant to highlight a teacher’s use of ‘for emphasize’ where ‘for emphasis’ would be used by 99.9%, ‘for emphasizing’ used by .09%, and ‘for to emphasize’ used by one in ten thousand…all three being either standard usage or colloquial (and not ‘wrong’). But I can’t imagine trying to make a grammatical case for ‘for emphasize’.

      Probably just a space-out due to too many chocolate bunnies. Yum. :-)

      Apr 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.8   AJ

      I wish that were the case. I am fighting a special gift from one of my students—a fever and all the other presents that come with it. Although, I’m not sure I can truly blame that as much as just overlooking a typo, which happens to the best of us.

      Apr 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Quite Contrary

    I’m a little terrified by the number of “praise the lords” in this note. Praise the Lord, let Kaylee discover science.

    Apr 7, 2012 at 11:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Kaylee

    My father is an english major, I was able to write at the age of 4. I also had ample time to practice while at church every Sunday. I think there are so many “praise the lord” statements in there cause my evangelical pastor at that time said it every five seconds. Also I know saying that I’m this Kaylee won’t convince you, but I am. Just thought I’d clear things up for you.

    Apr 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Kao

      Same here. I could write like that at 3. I began writing/reading at 2 1/2. My parent was a teacher and highly educated so that helped. It’s possible. And yes, I too wrote a mix of my thoughts + pastor’s ranting in my children’s Bible at church when that young!

      Apr 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Literate 6 year olds

    What is it with all the questioning on the author’s age? I had to sit through endless church services too and could construct sentences before I even started school. I guess something good did come out of your fire and brimstone services, Pastor Barton. I had plenty of time to write while having the added bonus of being saved each week. When I did start school, my teacher was very impressed with my Noah’s Ark stories but was less than impressed with my tales of what awaited fornicators after Judgement Day. I had no idea what fornicators were, but boy did I know they were in for it!

    Apr 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Larceny of Electric Power bang

    I had to attend church on Sundays *and* go to CCD on Saturdays. What’s with this Protestant not-making-your-children-attend-service thing? (Sigh. I’m just jealous.)

    In any event, I could write coherently well before kindergarten (which made me an advanced, if disruptive, pupil. I got a lot of “pleasure to have in class; talks too much” comments on my early report cards.

    Apr 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Ma'am

    I love how whenever a note from a little kid shows up here, people start arguing over how old the kid “has to” have been. I know my brother learned to write his name at three and by six could have written something like this. Not all kids are exactly the same, people. Some of us are taught at home AND in school.

    Apr 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   fedora

      “Some of us are taught at home AND in school.” Seems like that’s past tense now.

      Apr 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   kermit

      It’s past tense because most families can’t survive on a single income nowadays. When both parents work, there isn’t anybody around to go over school work at home.

      Apr 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Sarah

    There is also the chance that the older brother (or in her ideal world, younger brother) helped the note writer learn to write so well. My favourite activity as a 7 year old was to ‘teach’ my 5 year old sister how to write.

    Apr 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   JC

    I was reading at 3, and could write like this by 4.
    I love how total strangers think they know better than the person who wrote the letter lol

    Apr 9, 2012 at 9:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   vstorevigilante

    That’s hilarious, as well as pretty typical. I probably wrote letters to my mother saying she shouldn’t have had any more children at all (I’m the oldest :P). And to everyone questioning the author’s age – it’s not even necessarily a ‘sign of the times’ sort of thing. There are 3 years between my sister and I, and I took a shine to words and could write like the above note by the time I was five. My sister could barely read til she was nearly seven, and to this day her grasp of the written word is shaky. Some children (and adults!) are just more inclined when it comes to language, written or spoken. I’m in my twenties; I read a lot growing up, so I’ve picked up a lot of different vocabulary over the years and I’ll often use words that I have to explain to my intelligent-but-not-language-inclined (there’s probably a better word for that, but I didn’t learn that much, I guess lol) boyfriend who is also on his twenties. If she claims to have been six, she was probably six. I don’t really see a reason for her to lie.

    Apr 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Brooke

      I believe the word you were looking for is “verbose”.
      The author could very definitely have been six. My eight year old would have written that note at six easily, and would have spelled everything correctly (praise the Lord and all!). She has been reading since she was four. Her brother who is the same age, struggles with reading and writing at the age of eight. She always stands behind him correcting his homework before he’s even done with it. She recently corrected my thirteen year old stepson when he misspelled something in a word find for Social Studies.
      He is the least likely of all my kids to understand complex vocabulary. He wasn’t encouraged to read in his formidable years, but rather to play sports, video games, and watch tv. He’s a wiz with a baseball, but makes the most horrendous spelling errors on Facebook. It makes me cringe to read posts by he and his friends with errors that my eight year old wouldn’t make.
      So, I concur; like you stated some people are just more inclined when it comes to language and others are not.

      Apr 12, 2012 at 7:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   Dave

      Perhaps he would cringe too, to hear you talking about his ‘formidable’ years. Cast not the first stone, and all that…

      Apr 12, 2012 at 10:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Nope

    Please someone tell this kid there is no God, Jesus did not exist before she becomes a religious nut.

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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