Friday, March 02, 2007

Good Thing I Don't Jrink

I'm working on the Mother-Of-All-Posts, a beast that cannot be safely broken into chunks... but I gotta get that last, creepy post off the top.

The other day I was siting at the table with Birdie and LaLa... I think we were drawing.

Birdie:Drink, drink... drrrrink. How do you spell "drink" mama?

The Mama: Drink? It's spelled d-r-i-n-k.

Birdie:What? Noooo, it's NOT!

The Mama:Yeah, see (grabs stray piece of paper and spells out drink) d-r-i-n-k, drink!

pause

Birdie:Nuh uh! That's NOT how you spell it. DRRRRINK, drink, drink! It starts with "J"!

The Mama:Well, the way that you are pronouncing it, it does sound like it should start with "J", but it really does start with "D". Derrrrink!

Birdie:(gives me the stink eye, leans over and write j-r-i-n-k next to where I have written "drink.")

pause.....

The Mama:Y'know Birdie... your Mama is really, actually a very smart person.

Birdie:Pfft! (rolls eyes) Nuh UHH!

I'm thinking that we will not be going the "homeschooling" route, as stupid as I appear to be in her eyes already... I will be lucky to be able to swallow my own spit by the time she turns fifteen.

7 comments:

Meredith said...

Maybe she will learn by the whole reverse psychology thing? You can tell her the earth is flat so she will know it is round?

Ech, homeschooling. It's right for some families, not mine though. I can't imagine having to be perky about everything and wondering if they are learning all the right things.

Becky..Absent Minded Housewife said...

I will so trade you for a 13 year old know it all son...

Fantastagirl said...

I couldn't home school my kids - I am not patient enough.

Mama D said...

Yeah, looking in my crystal ball I can imagine having the exact same conversation with A in about 3 years...

sari said...

Sometimes I think my eyes are going to get stuck in my head from rolling them so much, so I can sympathize.

Jrink, that's a good one! :-)

elizasmom said...

Eliza already outwits me on a regular basis, so clearly, I am not qualified to teach her. And wait, Birdie is HOW OLD and she's writing? She is way smart, huh? (And even though the J is wrong, that's a smart mistake to make, if you know what I mean.)

sarah k. said...

That must come from the same dictionary that "jragon" can be found in. Yes, I've had this identical conversation, wherein my 4-year-old wanted to write a story about his favorite animal. (Yes, they are REAL, Mom. Zach told me he saw a jragon in his backyard. And it ate his DOG!) Yeah, I'm way too ignernt to homeschool someone of his intellectual capacity.