“Mom, do you know how to do Algebra?”
“Yes… I think I do.”
Hmmm… first week of school Algebra 1 … “Yes. I know Algebra 1”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes… I’m pretty sure I can do that.”
“I think I’ll wait for Dad.”
“Just show me what you need!” I indignantly reply.
She shows me the problems. “State whether each conjecture is true. If not, give a counterexample.” (Ohhh… not looking good so far. What in the world is a “conjecture”?! … Well, I can use context to figure it out.) then – “Division of whole numbers is associative”
“Yes. I think it’s probably a good idea to ask your dad.” I mean seriously. Who remembers associative property stuff, and how am I supposed to remember properties while playing Candy Land for the zillionth time?! I’ll stick to colored spaces and cupcake cards.
between two siblings, the older (OS) of which wants to watch a slightly intense Avatar show while younger sibling (YS) whines for Blues Clues with a mom acting as referee.
OS: “Blue’s Clues is over. We have to watch Avatar… It’s not scary.”
Mom: “Change the channel.”
YS: “BLUE’S CLUES!!!”
OS: “Jack.. Look how cool that dragon is.”
YS: “BLUE’S CLUES!!!”
OS: “…and look how funny they are. This is soooo funny.”
Mom: “CHANGE THE CHANNEL!”
OS griping at YS: “FINE. You always gets what you want.” then nyahhs, “Blue’s Clues – Such a BABY SHOW.”
YS: “I’m NOT a baby!!”
Mom: “What did you say?!!!”
OS: “What?!! … You ALWAYS blame me for what I say!!!”
He almost stopped himself mid-sentence as he realized the absurdity of his whining.
Mom: “Yes. I do always blame you for what YOU say.”
The kid couldn’t help but laugh at his own ridiculousness.
said to the child who is now allowed to wear modest make-up to school.
“Wow. You’re wearing eye-shadow.”
“I’m not wearing eye-shadow!” child denyingly retorts.
“Well…what’s the blue gray stuff on your eye lids?”
“Ughhhh… You’re SO MEAN!!! sob, sob, sob – drama tears – sob.
“Are you crying?”
“YES! You just… Ughhh!”
“I just asked about your eye make-up.” … pause… “What did you hear me say?”
“What you said … that I’m ugly and a bad person!”
huh?! Note to self: Be aware that words said tend to be different than words heard when conversing with a teen girl.
It might be a long year. Thanks for walking, okay crawling it with me.