In case you were wondering, there are only 6 shopping days left until Ms. Hilbie's birthday.
What? You don't know who Ms. Hilbie is? You've never heard of her?
Well, she's a bigtime celebrity at our house. Every detail of her life fascinates. We know whenever she changes her hairstyle. We know the names of everyone in her family. We know where she likes to shop and her favorite things to eat. Her name pops into the conversation at least once an hour.
She is my daughter's first grade teacher.
And she is bigger than any rock star.
"Ms. Hilbie says we're supposed to..." "Ms. Hilbie always..." "Today, Ms. Hilbie..."
"Mom, you can't do it THAT way...Ms. Hilbie does it like THIS."
Not only does Ms. Hilbie know every knowable fact about spiders, bats and chameleons, she is also married to a real-life firefighter and has an adorable six-month-old daughter. Last week, she missed a day because she had a dentist appointment and her favorite color is purple.
Ms. Hilbie reads stories, gives math tests and has a basket filled with granola bars for hungry kids who forgot to pack a snack. She helped my daughter polish up her reading skills and made her self-confidence shine.
She is better than any rock star. And I'm gonna get her a really good birthday present.