Monday, November 22, 2010
I bet Oedipus' mom didn't have this kind of trouble.
Of course, they did not get an elk. But he did end up with a big pile of homework. So I let him ditch another day of school to catch up.
I'm kidding. Relax. It was only a half day.
So he's rushing through a bunch of homework and realizes that the class heard a few lectures he didn't hear and he's got a scads of questions to answer about things he's never heard of, and so he hollers for me to provide him with a laptop so that he can Wikipedia all the info he's behind on.
GMS: MAWM! Can I Wikipedia Antigone? (which he pronounces Aunty-Gone.)
ME: Do you mean Antigone? As in Sophocles' Antigone? Oh my gosh, giant child, that is one of my favorite stories of all times! The three tragedies...seriously - I LOVED them!
GMS: I just have to answer some questions, can I please just Wikipedia it for the plot and characters?
ME: No no no no! It is a short story! We will read it now together and I will share my love of it with you! You will understand this classic and we will bond! Later, when I am an old woman, you will put an afghan on my lap and recount to me how great this day was and read it back to me.
GMS: Please mom, please oh please don't read it to me please...
ME: One minute! It is on my bookcase! I have such love for this book that I have kept it in my bookcase since 1983 when I first discovered how wonderful it was!
I ran upstairs and ran right to it, the familiar bright green cover beckoning to me. Only this time, dear Sophocles, I'm not just going to dust you as I have for the past nearly 30 years...today my friend, you will be read once again by a young mind!
I flew into the kitchen, ready to share the past with the future. Ready to open the eyes and mind of my offspring. Ready to love the story again just as I had as an 11th grader lo those many years ago.
And then, I opened the cover and found this note from 1983 me.
A note to future students who attempt to read this book. DON'T. The Cliff's Note sare only $2.95. And well worth it. Just a little advice! Sincerely, Me.
And then I brought him the laptop and told him to only go to Wikipedia because if he went to Facebook, I'd totally figure it out.