Thursday, August 30, 2007

Conversations

Conversation with my office mate* yesterday…

Her: You know, Liz, my son is so smart! He came home yesterday talking to me about art, and telling me how yellow and blue make green. Can you believe he knew that? I wasn’t sure he was right, so I didn’t say anything.

Me: What? You didn’t know if yellow and blue made green? I’m pretty sure that’s fundamental knowledge which is why he’s learning that in pre-school.

Her: Well, I never learned that.

Me: Just a bit of advice, if he’s stumping you before he’s even in kindergarten, you might want to think about reading up on a few things.

Her: Yah, but I hate reading.

Me: (Stared at her, dumbfounded,** then turned around, and went back to work.)


* This is the same person who had no idea where Louisiana was, that Georgia had a coast line, and that Iraq was not located in South America.

** This same co-worker kept using the word dumbfounded in place of dumb (e.g. “He’s so dumbfounded.”) until I politely informed her that they mean two different things.

9 comments:

Heather said...

WOW!!! ...I agree with your advice: "if he’s stumping you before he’s even in kindergarten, you might want to think about reading up on a few things." ...Except that I am way less nice and probably would have said something like "if you're dumber than a preschooler, maybe you should quit your job and go to school with him." ...or maybe I would have just thought about how she wouldnt listen to me anyway, and was therefore not worth talking to...

Mz. Liz said...

Wow - what is she doing raising a child? Thats my question.

Anonymous said...

You work with Ms. South Carolina?!

Rachel said...

Gadzooks! That's one dumb girl. Oh, and that Miss. South Carolina girl is a riot! This is why beauty pageants are AWESOME!

Laura said...

Didn't your coworker ever see those commercials for the ziploc baggies that had one yellow side and one blue side so that when you locked them together they'd be green? Even that commercial repeated over and over "yellow and blue makes green" right before they'd hold the bag of soup upside down over someone's head!

Laura said...
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Heather said...

I Loved Miss. South Carolina's answer!!! It is classic...Kinda reminds me of Billy Madison--durring the question/answer part, when the host/judge said the audience was now dumber for having listened to his meaningless ramblings. (...and I'm affraid I've taken you all down an IQ point with this comment...that's a hard thought to put into words!)

Liz said...

Anon. Hilarious! When I watched the clip she did remind me of my co-worker...sigh...

Mz. Liz said...

I'm still gettin over thinking The Iraq is in South America... How does that happen?