Friday, December 18, 2009

Word of the day

As a punishment, I made Sage write a report on why it is important to be respectful to your parents. In the report he used the word "obsequious." Although he misspelled it, I was still very impressed my 9 year old was using such a big word. I had to ask him what it meant. A Facebook friend commented 'Come on, UVA grad...isn't obsequious part of your everyday vocabulary?" But I told her "Kids have turned my brain to jello." It's hard to use big words when you are screaming through your clenched teeth at them.

The report came about because we were arguing about a new winter coat he received from his grandparents. He decided he doesn't like it and was giving me a hard time about wearing it--he said it was too warm (it's a winter coat, for crying out loud) and too big (I did have them buy it a little big for growing room.) However, he was crossing the line from acceptable protest to "oh no he didn't" back sassing. So after school I gave him a choice of either going to his room for an hour or writing the report. He chose the report and here it is in it's entirety (because it's a classic):

It is important to be respectful to my parents because they are the ONLY ones I've got. I guess I just get carried away and get mad at you. I won't do it again. I won't do it by going by my new motto: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Sometimes I'm obsecweous and sometimes I'm just like (when you say or read these words say them like a teenager that doesn't care about anything) "what ever!" I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.

P.S. I really don't like the new coat because it makes me look fat. in fact one of my classmates said "Sage is that you? You really let yourself go man." :(

So this teachable moment taught me something as well--I don't know any big words. I need to start learning some for my next argument. Indubitably!!


Anonymous said...

Wow ... he's smart. And well spoken. And thoughtful. A Jedi for sure. Interesting punishment. My kids would come back with a paper that said, "Screw you X'er!"

C said...

awwwwww how sweet is that, j? your boys are so cute and precious! they have wonderfully cool parents is why.

merry christmas to you dear friend... and may your holiday be filled with all the love, laughter, and warmth you deserve.



Tae said...

Wow! I'm in college again and even I didn't know the word!! I give him a few thumbs up on this report! You have a very intelligent child on your hands and I do not begrudge you anything when he hits his teenage years!

Clippy Mat said...

the child is gifted.
and God that p.s. is a killer!
love it.