My son (5 yrs old and in Kindergarten) brought home the Thanksgiving card he created - so much innocence and charm at this tender age. It pains me to write this, but...........on the outside is a beautiful turkey he made using a painted hand print and he colored the wings beautifully. (aspiring artist just like his perfect dad). On the inside, the teacher wrote "I am thankful for" and the child had to write in their own way of thinking, the response. There were quite a few ltrs written as Kindergartner's don't know yet how to write out words.....so the teacher wrote underneath what they were trying to say/write. All it said was "my dad". I am heartbroken right now. My older son (now 8) brought home something similar a couple years back, only his was grateful for his dad, brother, sister, dog, cat....no mention of MOM. I guess that's ok - they don't understand at this age what they are doing, and I certainly would not want to place any amount of guilt on them at this impressionalbe time in their lives, so I just tell him how beautiful his picture is and what a good job he did. I did ask where mom was and all he said was he didn't have room on the paper. I just want to go jump into a river right now. Isn't mom supposed to be the most important influence on them right now? And no mention of "mom"? I see the real picture now - the innocence of children. Yes my dh is a wonderful father - I am very lucky - he is everything I lacked as a child for a "parent" figure. But it seems that all my hard work and devotion to these children means NOTHING. I can't even be thought of in a little children's card. Guess I really am a failure - just as I always thought.