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Parakeet Presentation

Calfgrit13 wants another pet. We currently have two dogs, and used to have a guinea pig (twice). For several weeks, now, he’s been talking about parakeets. Constantly. We’ve humored his interest, but we’ve been hesitant (reluctant) to OK the idea. But then Friday night, he stepped up his discussion to a full-fledged sales pitch.

Friday evening he called his mother and me into the family room, sat us down on the sofa, and launched into a prepared presentation on the awesomeness of parakeets and why we should let him get one.

I thought he had been working on school work all day.

When he needed to use the printer, I thought he was working on a school project.

He did a great job with all his research. He could answer all our questions, he even gave us information before we asked. He was quite impressive. But we need to do some research of our own before we decide on whether to get a parakeet. Data sheets are useful, printed images are pretty, and a knowledgeable salesman is helpful, but we need some advice from families who have actual real-world experience with these birds.

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Pokemon In the Wild

My Calfgrits and I were out hiking and came across some Pokemon.

Little…

and big…

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Calfgrit11 Graduates from Elementary School

Calfgrit11 is graduating from elementary school today. He’ll start middle school next month. We went to the middle school open house a week ago, and Calfgrit15 took the lead to show his little brother around the school.

It was a sweet bonding moment for them. It was just coincidence that they happened to wear the same colors that day.

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Drivers Ed

Calfgrit15 just finished up his 30 hours of drivers ed at high school. The schedule is a bit different than when I took it back in the 80s. I remember taking the class one hour a day for about a month, during the regular school day — I think it was during the PE/Health class time. But nowadays, (at least in this area), the class is after school, for three hours a day over two weeks. Although it is held in a high school classroom, it’s not offered as part of the regular school curriculum — we parents have to enroll the student on our own.

Another difference is what is presented in the class. I remember learning the rules of the road in the classroom, and then going driving with the instructor all in the same month. Now, though, the 30 hours he just completed were all classroom instruction, (no actual driving, yet). The instructor and a state trooper extensively covered the dangers of driving — especially texting while driving. They won’t actually hit the road in a vehicle for another month or two (or more).

The dangers of texting and driving were a very prominent aspect of the instruction. It’s a really big deal, I understand.

At the end of the two weeks, we parents were invited in for an hour. The instructor reiterated her plea against texting and driving, even showing us a YouTube video:

The instructor explained how our kids are watching us drive. As homework, she told them to observe their parents, and then she had them write down some bad habits they witnessed. She picked up a stack of papers and one-by-one, she read the bad habits the students had written down about us. Every single paper included texting. Wow. (I assumed she cherry picked the papers with that specific problem to make her point on the prevalence of texting and driving.) There were one or two other bad things, also, like speeding or putting on makeup. I wondered what bad habit Calfgrit15 caught me doing. Probably not coming to a full stop at stop signs, or maybe not keeping both hands on the steering wheel at all times — I know I sometimes do both those things.

I never intentionally speed, and I never text while driving, (and I very rarely apply makeup while driving). I’ve never been a speeder — my mother even thinks I drive slow (the speed limit!). And even if I was so asinine as to want to text while driving, I can’t read anything that small without my reading glasses on (which I don’t wear while driving). At the worst, if I must know what a text says while driving, (very, very rarely), I just ask Siri to speak it for me.

When Calfgrit15 is in the car with me, he doesn’t seem to be paying any attention to my driving. He’s either looking at his phone, reading a book (something he can do but I can’t while riding in a car), or talking to me about video games. He has shown no interest at all in driving, even when I keep offering to take him to an empty parking lot to let him practice a little. He’s driven once around a parking lot one time out of the dozen times I’ve offered. So I was interested to know what and when he actually observed about my driving.

As we were leaving the parent/class meeting, I asked Calfgrit15 what bad habit he saw me doing. “I didn’t really pay attention,” he said.

“Did you fill out the homework paper?” I asked. “What did you write down for my bad habit?”

“Yeah,” he said, “I just filled in something generic, like texting.”

*facepalm*

“You said I text while driving? Oh my god.” I held up my hands in exasperation. “The way she preached against that, I’d be less embarrassed if you told her I shoot a gun at other drivers.”

I wondered, and I hope, those homework papers were anonymous. My son officially told a drivers ed teacher, (and maybe a state trooper?), that I regularly text while driving. O. M. G. !

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