Tonight dinner table: Jack tenterhooks re midterm exam scores because determine make/not make high honor roll & high honor roll = Bertucci’s** dinner. Pacing. Checking for grades online over & over. Not up yet. Then “I got a 100 on my Social Studies exam!” (**Link = page w/ carb PDF download.) (<–Handy!)
Bubs, cheerful mouth full black beans I used to be so good at Social Studies. Chomp, chomp. chomp. I was like, so far ahead! I used to be like, as good as Will and Peter and Lucien. Chomp. Gulp water. Wipe face back of hand. But now I’m so far behind.
BIGFOOT: (Record scratch noise) Hwuh?
BUBS: I’m like five books behind
BFOOT: Oh? I didn’t know you were behind…
BUBS: Yeah, and each book is a state, so I’m like five states behind everybody else
BUBS: (Still blithely chewing) I had so much low blood sugar! I missed Social Studies for like a whole month
Hrmm? Teacher not mention Bubs fall behind. Maybe not so bad. Maybe Bubs imagine. Or could be school low expectation for hypoglycemia days, no one care Bubs fall behind, esp. since no Social Studies NECAP. Maybe NBD Bubs insist Connecticut not New England. Connecticut is NOT in New England. It is part of the tri-state area. Maybe OK?
Uncomfortable this situation. One hand, not want Bubs stay after school make up work on hypo days bc feel like punishment. Other hand, not want hypo days become excuse poor school performance/maybe more genteel say become excuse not live up to potential. Hand #3, what is intelligence anyway? Hand #4, who cares about 4th grade Social Studies? Hand #5, but that set bad precedent for future school year. H#6, what are my priorities supposed to be here? H#7, are MY priorities really what matter in this situation? H#8 just for octopus/symmetry.
Meanwhile, Jack asking this might sound weird, but how do you know when you need to use deodorant?
BIGFOOT: When you start to have smelly armpits
JACK: Maybe I will have smelly armpits after basketball tomorrow. Will you tell me if I do?
BUBS: I already wear deodorant sometimes
BF: You do?
BUBS: Yeah. I rub Dad’s on sometimes, but only because it smells so good. Not because I smell bad
BF: I’ve never noticed that you have it on
BUBS: The fragrance stays in my armpits pretty much, so only I notice it
Social Studies: five states behind
Deodorant use: five years ahead
Also meanwhile: very cold outside. Be careful.