September 15, 2006
So my daughter had a homework assignment that has me perplexed. Oh, and it doesn't matter if we see your guesses -- we already blew it. But I'm still scratching my head -- what did I miss? The way I'm wording it is massively non-PC, but it's her recount of the teacher's narrative: People in India wanted a bathroom, and they called the Peace Corps and they asked if a plumber could come out to build them a bathroom. And so two months passed and the Peace Corps person comes to build them a bathroom. They greeted the man and took him to the village. He had to wait a couple weeks, because he wanted to get used to the village and work with the locals. Then, he built the bathrooms, men and womens, and taught everyone how to use and clean them properly, and they understood. The elders told the man they would sign the approval papers now, but he said to wait until his assignment was up and then he explored India. 6 months passed and he told the elders he was ready to sign the papers. But the elders said no, because the women and children were no longer using the bathrooms. They refused. Why? That's what the question is. Apparently this teacher has some familiarity with the culture in question, but he has insisted the reason is obvious. Subsequent info: The women found something in the "forest." My initial guess was "who has to clean these bathrooms?" I was thinking the women and kids realized they would be responsible, and quit using theirs, but I was wrong. The children in my kid's class are supposed to use the Socratic question and answer technique to determine whether or not their hypothesis is right, but I must be stumbling right over something. It's been one of those weeks. Am I the victim of yet another thirdburban myth?
Slip a roofie in her drink.We won't ask you how you did it. Just find out what the answer is, and tell us. redwhite herring? Kittens!Baby ducks "flying" for the first time, to the soothing sounds of David Attenborough's voice! himit a social disease
buttleft foot. Especially the "I-hate-you" part. There's a word that parents of teenagers frequently use. It's NO! (said with exclamation point.) There are other words used on occasion. A few of them are: "Don't let the bedroom door hit you on the way in when you sulk." and "What are you going to do around here to earn it?" or the ever popular: "Get a job." You'll soon be able to ignore the sniveling and read your paper oblivious to the drama. Note to teenager: Yes, I am evil. Yes, I am hateful. Yes, I raised four, and as unlikely as it seems, they all survived unwarped. They all have laughed at the histrionics of their pubescent selves. Oh, and any eight-year-old off the street should be willing and able to program your electronics for 20 bucks. Just catch the ones without gang colors on their way to church, that way they won't be programing the haul down in their "crib." Well done with the tagline, TP That should have been fatherssperm donors are toxic. You are a single parent. Your daughter is NOT an orphan. So what if she doesn't have a daddy! She has a mom that works double hard to be both daddy and mommy to her, and mom ought to get double the respect because of it. My youngest grand-baby doesn't have a daddy by the choice of her mom, either. Same thing, surprise baby, hard decision, guy that turned out to be wrongwrongwrong, and who now is in prison with no parental rights. It's sad, but even sadder is two parents who fight constantly and are selfishly concerned with only themselves, or drink/do drugs, or a dad that is an abuser, or...pick your scenario. In this world, you’re lucky if you have a strong, loving mom. My other grand-babies have a divorcee dad who buys big, expensive toys, but pays about 1/3 of his child support sporadically, doesn't show up when he says he will, twists the kids emotionally by playing mind games or saying things like, "It's your mom's fault I can't be with you" even though she bends over backwards to give him any weekend he asks for. His latest trick is to tell the oldest girl she's his only "real" daughter. He also told this nine-year old that her mom is responsible for the breakup of his second marriage, and that's why she can't see her 2 little (step)brothers anymore. So we have the girl with nothing that must have everything; Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Has NOTHING? NOTHING? She has a mom who loves her. She has a mom that is concerned with teaching her right from wrong. She has a mom that doesn't want her to be in the same position her mom was in at her conception. (And no, Quid, I don't mean horizontal.) She has a roof over her head, a nice place of her own to sleep, plenty of good food on the table, lots of pretty clothes to wear, the chance at a good education, and many, many friends (yah so what if they have iPhones and she doesn’t.) And I repeat, she has a mom that loves her. Even if she didn’t have half of the above, she still has a mom that loves her. She obviously has G-parents who love her and have the financial wherewithal to provide her with many of the good things in life, too. And she has a mom that loves her. Let me reiterate what I said before: If your parents want to gift your daughter, they need to take back the iPhone and spend $600 worth of time with her. Play board games, talk, make cookies, for crap’s sake, even if they have to go shopping, at least it’s TIME, not money that they’re giving her. The hardest gift to give, and the most important to kids, is the gift of your attention and time. talk lectureharangue. "OK, OK, OK" Just SHUT UP, ALREADY. cookieblue-scented cake while you're waiting.
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kinkykooky with that, you're not the Monkey I think you are. Pleg, I knew you were a prevert, but this link is over the top, even for Cynnbad! watercloset, then bring on the plungers!! How ya' been, guys? *tosses TP all over the thread in celebration* Oops. Now who's going to clean this up?