The ginormous middle schooler is doing homework. The assignment is a cute little “get to know you” self-assessment sheet with questions about what you’re good at, what you want to work on academically, etc.:
Kid: What’s something I don’t understand?
Kid: What’s phonetics?
Me: Dude, see what I mean?
Kid: Seriously, mom, What don’t I understand?
Me: Ummm. Spelling? In English.
Kid: I understand spelling, I just don’t care about spelling.
Me: AH-HA! Then you don’t UNDERSTAND the IMPORTANCE of spelling. Hiii-yah! You may be as tall as me, but I can still beat you mentally!
Kid: Rolls eyes, completely unimpressed with my awesome cerebral-judo skills, and writes: “I don’t understand…how people can watch NASCAR all day.”
Which was almost as amusing as his response to “I think yesterday was...” His answer was the poetic and philosophical: "Wednesday."
I love that boy.
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