Monday, November 13, 2006
The Wife: TB, Daddy and I have a conference with your teacher next week. She'll tell us all about how well you're doing at school.
The Boy: At listening?
TW: Yes, and reading, and math, and being nice to your friends.
TB: And listening?
TW: Yes, and we know you're doing really well.
TB: At listening?
TW: What is the fixation with listening? School is more than listening. We don't want you to be a sheep.
The Girl (sweetly): No sheep.
DD: (muffled laugh)
TW shoots me the “you're not helping” look.
TW: You shouldn't just take orders. School is about learning.
TB: Learning to listen?
I shouldn't worry. TB and I had a good conversation about that on Saturday.
TB: I wish I was six.
TB: 'Cause if I was older, I'd know more. I want to learn things faster! I'm tired of not knowing things!
That's my boy. No sheep here.
How interesting that your wife downplayed the importance of listening, when my ongoing refrain has been 'be sure to listen to the teacher.' She has a point!