Sunday, December 2, 2012

I believe that children are our future. Sorry, future.

I was driving Angus to school on Friday. It was -18 with the windchill. We stopped at a red light out around the corner, which put us right in front of two girls he knew waiting at the bus stop. I said "should we offer them a ride?" He said "NO!" I said "why the hell not? It's freezing out." He said "It would be too weird! Stop looking at them!" I said screw you and rolled down his window and asked them if they wanted a ride. They giggled and said no thank-you. I rolled up the window and said "Great. I'm an embarrassing mother all around. My work here is done."

A few days ago I found a sheet of paper on the dining room table with Angus's name on it. It looked like a sheet of questions that he was answering in order to describe himself. I asked him if we needed to do anything with it and he said I could just recycle it, but I put it on the kitchen table beside my computer so I could look at the rest of it when I had time because I was interested in seeing how he'd described himself.

Today I looked at it. One question asked Quelles sont tes possessions les plus importantes (what are your most important possessions). I don't know what I was expecting. I know 'locket with my mother's picture' or  'log book of my charitable projects' wasn't going to happen, but really? "Mon money et mon télévision"? He failed at French AND being a decent human being.

My friend was over for tea this morning and I told her about this. As consolation, she offered that her son had to do a project about an important person, and he started thinking he might do Barack Obama, but in the end settled on Luke from Modern Family.

Oy.

13 comments:

Nicole said...

But Luke from Modern Family is so funny! Waaaaaay funnier than Obama.

StephLove said...

I like spying on the kids via homework, too.

Nan | Wrath Of Mom said...

The only thing worse than being an embarrassing mom is being one of those moms who thinks she's her kids best friend. See, Angus, it could be so much worse.

Shan said...

Luke is pretty awesome! Just sayin'.

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

Having kids is not worth it without these few years we are given for embarrassment revenge for how they behaved in the grocery/library/anywhere when they were small.

I'm assuming your friends child is in the Gifted Program. ; )

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

It took me a second to figure out the correct way to answer that question in French. I fail at French too.

Julie said...

mo' money mo' money mo' money!

while Luke can be seen as an important person, I would have gone with Phil (or my husband, on which Phil was based).

Hannah said...

I also spy on 7yo via his (wee amounts) of homework. Every tool in the arsenal, my friend.

Sasha said...

So I can't help on the Luke front, but his French sounds exactly like what I hear in the office in the office every day. And anyone who doesn't think Obama's funny, well: http://www.wggb.com/2012/11/17/photo-barack-obama-is-not-impressed-with-mckayla-maroney/

Lynn said...

Just spat my tea out at Julie's comment, that Phil was based on her husband. Ha! I am about to become his stalker. Sorry Julie.

So happy to hear about Angus' homework. I have at least a double handful of examples of my oldest saying similar stuff. GAH. I was all set to do a hand-wrenching post on how we can instill proper values and a good work ethic in the boy, but now I think I will just laugh at him, as it is easier and probably burns a bunch of calories, too. Right?

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