15 April 2010

You're Joking. Right?

Every summer the girl and I take on a project.  One summer we learned about poetry, one summer we learned about art, and one summer we helped her get a year ahead in math. The math summer was definitely not a favorite of mine.  This summer she said she wanted to make a whole new wardrobe for the following school year.  I thought that sounded like a fun idea, so I've been collecting various materials and bookmarking any tutorial I think we might need.  I even procured a serger.

Then yesterday the girl came home and said this . . .

Girl: Mom!  You know how we're going to make clothes this summer?  Well, do you want to know what S in my class is doing over the summer?  She is going to memorize the whole dictionary.  ISN'T THAT AWESOME?!!!
Me:   **complete silence as I try to figure out how it is that she is half me . . . .
Girl:  You don't think that's awesome? Like more awesome than making clothes?
Me:  **Still working on it . . . .
Girl:  Okay, so this is why it is sooo cool-- if someone asks you what a word means, not only can you tell them, you can give them THE EXACT DEFINITION!
Me:  Is this your way of telling me you'd rather memorize the dictionary this summer instead of make clothes?
Girl:  No, making clothes is fine.

Now when she is older she'll tell her psychologist all she wanted to do was memorize the dictionary and I shot her down.  WORST SUMMER EVER!

8 comments:

Grace said...

This is so funny! What? Just because we had to copy the dictionary verbatim "from constipation on down" in 6th grade as punishment for being bad, doesn't mean people don't just do it for fun.

Beth said...

Grace-- I had forgotten about that! You might be right, maybe that's why I find it so abhorrent.

Monica said...

Oooooo...abhorrent. Are you sure she isn't 100% yours?! Well, at least you read the first page.

I do think it a tragedy that you missed all of those fun words between abhorrent and constipation...like babies, balderdash and bizarre.
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Des said...

hehehe, love Grace's comment. I had forgotten about that too. So at least when she complains to her psychologist you can blame it all on Mr. J.

QueenMeadow said...

so you can't memorize and sew? I mean, that's the real talent. Maybe she can go over the list of words she memorized each time she wears that article of clothing. That is what a cool person would do anyway.

myimaginaryblog said...

You should totally quiz her friend at the end of the summer.

CarrieAnne said...

I just don't get how our daughters could be friends.

yueqing said...

I would be damn scared too if my son or daughter asks me that..memorise a dictionary?!