Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Whyday - Back to School Edition

Big week! Okay, I'm exaggerating. The week was exactly the same size as last week but the kids were back to school and I have to confess that I love school days. Once a week, I teach some classes for homeschoolers and I love it. This year, there's some free time to mingle, which is nice. Kids are hilarious in their natural habitat and this is the only time they are gathered in a convenient cluster for this flipster's viewing; the rest of the time they are scattered all over the county as homeschool parents cobble together the education that is the right fit for their needs, skills and talents. It's not an easy job, but it is worth it.

And these kids are talented and bright (don't let my tales fool you). That's what makes the first day back so amusing to me. They are getting into the swing of things, but it is a bit...shall we say... muted. They're summer rusty and have the deer-in-the-headlights look in their eyes.

And so, kids, this Whyday is for you. Though I consider myself a connoisseur of the use of "why," I have heard some amusing questions and statements voiced in the past five days. Keep in mind, these are all homeschoolers attending a once-a-week cooperative:

  • "Why do I have to write that down? I wrote in my last class."  [Aged 7]
  • "Why didn't I do the prep work? Funny you should ask...I didn't know my mom signed me up for this class till this morning." [Aged 16]
  • "How did all these people know we were going to be here today?" [Aged 5]
  • "My backpack is full of my books. I don't think I'm going to be able to get that smart. It's too heavy." [Age 8]
  • "Someone is going to have to put my colored pencils in my backpack...I'm exhausted with book stuff...and put my papers in a folder, please. Man, I hope you're here next week?" [Age 7]
  • "I meant to ask you something, Mrs. M: do you know anyone who is dead? We got someone dead in our family this year." [Age 5]

Student:  "Will we have homework every week?"      
Me:          "Yes; homework never killed anyone, though. It will help you retain the information."
Student:  "Like what?"
Me:          "Like the stuff you learned last year, for example."
Student:  "Last year? What did we do last year?"

It's good to work together, even if you don't plan it:

Student #1:  "The ancient Sumerians believed in many gods..."
Student # 2: "...polytheists!"
Student # 1: "...whereas the early Jewish nation believed in one God..."
Student # 2: "...monotheists!"  

Noticing that I smiled when he interjected the definitions, Student #2 added, "Hey, he needed the help."

We all need the help. 


  1. Don't know much about history
    Don't know much biology
    Don't know much about science books
    Don't know much about the French I took
    But I do know that I love the Flipside
    And I know if I got caught in a riptide
    What a wonderful friend you would be
    (and throw me a life preserver)

    Kids say the darndest things, dear Cherdo, and I applaud you for working hard to build the leaders of tomorrow. I well remember how "summer rusty" I felt on the first day back at school. Come to think of it, I once had an imaginary friend named Summer Rusty. I can relate to your kids having "the deer-in-the-headlights look in their eyes." I have that same facial expression every time I log on to your blog because I worry that I might not have anything intelligent to say (see all of the above). "What if I'm not funny today?" I keep asking myself (see all of the above). At this very moment I'm covered in flop sweat (see all of the above).

    Chalk it up to Fridays, dear friend Cherdo, and have a safe and happy weekend!

    1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Today is the day the Flipside has an official song!

      Shady, if you just said "hiya" it would be genius. You're a great friend and that makes everything you do wonderful. And I'm keeping you on the official Cherdo prayer-a-thon, 'cause that is the best kind of life preserver.

      But man, you're funny in the early morning, ha ha. Me: I gotta warm up and I peak around 1 a.m. At that point, I go to bed.

      Wipe off the sweat and feel like a conqueror comedian of the day. Then, immediately start the weekend a day early as a reward for songwriting, persistence and being the pal of the century. Sweaty hug for ya.

  2. Funny post! Kids are so cute.

  3. I would like to teach those children. The parents would not be pleased with what their children learned from me, but I'd have a great time and so would the kids. But I do know that I love you, and I know that if you love me, too, what a wonderful world this would be. (Blame it on Shady.)

    Janie, who bursts into song in restaurants, the grocery store, and any other place she goes with Favorite Young Man because her singing embarrasses him and always has

    1. I am all for singing in public and embarrassing co-dependencies. Love ya, Janie!

  4. Yes, we all need the help.

    Happy school days! We get our little dears back on Wednesday.

  5. Haha. My backpack is too heavy for me to get that smart. LOVE that logic! It is amazing how many books kids are expected to fit in those backpacks. We didn't even have backpacks when I was in school--even high school. I tell my stepdaughter about it. I say, "If you carried a backpack, you were a TOTAL dork back then. We carried our books in stacks with our folders beneath them." I explained that we actually used our lockers and we picked the books we needed to take home that day based on our homework. We didn't just carry everything around with us 24/7 in case we needed it! As usual, she thinks our way was stupid and their way is the only way. That's how it is, though.

    1. The homeschool kids have to drag a lot of stuff, but my high school years were exactly as you described. Our high school was pretty big, and running to the opposite side of the school for a book or assignment that I forgot to get out of my locker was a great way to learn organization, too.

      [Stephanie Alert: I can't review Goldfinch till next month! I'm 32 on the library que...I know, I should buy it - and I would - if I weren't buy all this school stuff this month!]


Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo