Friday, April 30, 2010

Am Endless Source of Help to My Children

Scene: Yesterday afternoon. Bear sits doing homework with her Social Studies textbook and a notebook open in front of her. I am cleaning the kitchen or something equally glamorous.

Bear: Hey, Mom, what was the Proclamation of 1763?

Me (authoritatively): That's the one where they banned ginger ale in the colonies.

Bear (pausing doubtfully with pencil poised above paper): I didn't know they had ginger ale back then.

Me: Oh, sure. No, wait! 1763 ... actually that's the one that prohibited dogs from mating with squirrels.

Bear (laughing): Mom! It was not!

Me: I get those two confused.

Bear: Come on...

Me: Oh, I know! Why don't you try LOOKING IT UP YOURSELF, Miss Lazypants?

Bear: *grumble*

7 comments:

Dawn in Austin said...

I see a Mother of the Year award headed your way!

smalltownmom said...

Mothers should not have to be living encyclopedias, that's what I always said.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I need to take a page from your book--this is a way more fun response than "LOOK IT UP!"

imbeingheldhostage said...

I LOVE your parenting style!

Susan said...

I like your approach, too!

thedomesticfringe said...

I think my mother's favorite answer was 'Look it up!'

Cindy said...

I love a quick wit and you are one!