Thursday, January 11, 2007

School Assignment

When my 13 y.o. son got home from school yesterday he came to me w/a paper and pen and said, "Mom write this note for me. Dear Mr. ( ), Johnny can not watch the presidents speech because he must be in bed by 9pm."

I would have loved to accommodate him. You know I would. I knew I was doomed to watch w/him. Halfway through the program Johnny said "What an idiot!". Then the phone rang and it was my oldest daughter Taylor. "Are you watching? I can't stand him."

Family harmony. (Sigh)


Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Ah, poor Johnny! Sounds like you have raised some good critical thinkers!!!

I was talking to my mom around the time of the shrub's speech (could not bear to tune in)...and I just realized that neither of my parents watched it either. They have always been mad supporters of Dubya and would never miss an opportunity to worship him through the TV set. Wonder if that has changed. Maybe their critical thinking gene has finally kicked in.

1/11/2007 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Too bad you had to sit through it, Good you have unbiased thinkers among your children! ; )

1/11/2007 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Mary, lol! you should have accommodated him and wrote the school note for him (even if he stayed up and watched)
So, some arabs have a closed view of the world, just like some non-arabs, whether catholics or protestants or baptists or buddhists or atheists.
Ignorance is really universal, it has no prejudices. No one is free from ignorance or prejudice.
But tell me another 20,000 US troops to stabilize Baghadad and suppress insurgents & opposition.
So the new regime just as oppresive as the old regime? Wasn't Baghdad suppsed to be stable

And another thing with the money the US spends on the military and the aircraft carriers on the Gulf and Horn of Africa, trying to dominate the world or impose the $US dollar as GOD, we could have reached not just the Moon & Mars, but the outer limits of our solar system.
I wonder if we lost 3,000 men on an accident on a Moon Base, would we cry shut down the Moon Base or send another 20,000 US Troops?

At least on the Moon they wouldn't be there to impose a US chosen government on a foreign country, nor to fight & kill the opposition, in the name of democracy?

1/11/2007 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I just could not watch. My whole family avoided it like the plague. We notice that we are sick for days afterward. We will be out in full force for the protest, tho. I'll be interested to know what the class assignment led up to.

1/11/2007 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

You have some very intelligent kids! I can't stand to hear two sentences out of the man's moth BTW. I never listen to him or watch him.

1/11/2007 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it upsets me just how much I get upset just hearing his voice. whenever a sound bite comes on NPR, I flinch.


1/11/2007 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've only watched one of his speeches, and that was very expensive for me. I put a coffee cup through my screen.:)

You can read about them, and have them summarized in the first paragraph: "I'm going to do what I want to, and screw you." So why waste good coffee and televisions on reruns?:)

Your "reward" for your long suffering as a Mom will be a workshop where you only have to think the project; it appears as done seconds later!:)

Oh - and the workshop will be self cleaning, too!:P

1/11/2007 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Last night's TV viewing came down to the choice of watching a repeat of a pathological liar who would say or do anything and use any amount of force to achieve his nefarious goals (The Soprano's), or watching the Presidential address. Ironically, the same description can apply to that as well. I went with Tony Soprano.

1/11/2007 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that when it comes to "appointment television", I generally cancel any appointments in which "Bubbles" will be arriving. I was very upset that "House" got pre-empted by the speech due to overlap. Grrrr.

The last time I watched Bubbles give a speech, I heard more of myself ranting at the telly than I actually heard of him. I think my teen almost lost his eyeballs (as he repeatedly rolled them, along with the heavy "BS" sighs).

Maybe it's one form of torture they use at Gitmo?

Didn't have enough booze in the house for a drinking game, so decided to pass on watching "the decider" speak.

1/11/2007 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

You sure have smart children!

1/11/2007 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always remember Mary, that your son is a brave and honorable young man. We may hate the guy that sent him there, but he will always have my respect, and you, as well, for hanging in there, and raising such a brave and wonderful young man.

1/12/2007 06:01:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Bluegrrrl- At this point I find it hard to believe that anyone hasn't figured this joker out.

Coffee Messiah- It was worth it just to see the kids reaction.

Quasar- How bout we put Bush on the next rocket to the moon?

Peacechick- Normally I would never have been able to sit through it. (Admittedly there was some Fortune cookie eating going on and of course the reading of fortunes. But we heard what was said.) The next day in school the teacher talked about how many soldiers are dying which he seems to love to say to the class. Johnny keeps mentioning his brother is there but the guy seems to want to drive this point in. So Johnny doesn't like the teacher much at all.

Ole Blue- I hear you. I have the same reaction.

Alice- Like I said to Ole Blue, I have the same reaction. I would have to change the channel normally. I think I get some sort of gold star for what I have accomplished.

TUA- Okay forget the gold star. I'd much rather have your prize!

JM- that is so funny! I definately would have prefered Tony!

Dizzy- Seriously! Talk about an effective torture technique.

Yoga- Thanks! I will have to agree.

Just Me- Thank you. I am very proud of Michael. Most definitely.

1/12/2007 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't watch either. I just couldn't.

I do love to hear of your children's reactions. I have hope for my country knowing that there are young people like them around!

1/12/2007 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it quite funny that a young child can the iditocracy of our President. It really is a shame.

1/12/2007 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have taught your children well :)

1/12/2007 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol! Mary
well putting him on the next rocket to the moon would be a suitable 'parting' gift.

But I'm thinking we should put son of Bush with Saddam - and pronto
And send Tony Blair there too.

Have a fun weekend!

1/13/2007 03:05:00 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Very good parenting Mary. I would have written a note alright!!!

Dear Mr.---- Due to my child being raised not to lie, cheat, or murder, Johnny will not be able to watch a man of notorious ill will towards the world and a war criminal to boot.

A sane parent.

1/13/2007 03:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wise boy. Funny what can bring a family together :)

1/13/2007 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

msliberty- I feel the same way about the children being the future. YOu have to get them involved young so they have the interest.

C-dell- Sad but true.

Betmo- I'm trying!

Quasar- Sounds good to me!

Donnie- Johnny would love that letter!

Gary-It would kill me if he thought differently.

1/14/2007 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a 13 year old can even see through it! yay johnny!!!!!!!!

1/14/2007 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Good job Mom. You've raised your kids properly.

Schools forcing kids to watch the LIAR...

That "speech" was the first one that I had watched in a long time.

Subdued. Struggling. And of course LYING. Always endorphin free.

1/15/2007 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Mary... I'm home. I've been gone a while. This stuff makes me so sick. I am watching it from the other side now. Last time, I was the guy in Vietnam. But even then, I was so fortunate that I had the sense to learn that war does no good.

Peace and prayers

1/15/2007 05:30:00 AM  

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