Wednesday, February 8, 2012

There's something kind of right about this

Recently, The Boy, who is in second grade, was asked to write a story with a writing prompt that went something like this:

Sometimes people are sad. Write about a time when you felt sad.

And then we had this conversation:

Boy: I've never felt sad.

Me: What?

Boy: I've never felt sad.

Me: What about when the dogs died? I guess maybe you were to young to really remember that.

Boy: Yeah.

Me: Wait! What about when Mee-maw [his 91-year-old great grandmother] died?

Boy: That wasn't sad.

Me: What???

Boy: She was OLD. It's not sad when people die because they are old. It's sad when people die because of a DISEASE.


Me: Well, then you are going to have to make something up. That's what they want you to do on these writing prompts. If you haven't experienced what they are asking about, you have to make it up.

Boy: Fine. Then I'll write about how my grandmother died. She was eaten by a bear. AND she was only 50.


Me: I hope you can make that work.


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  1. I love your son and the way he thinks! Honest and smart as a whip.

  2. Well that's effing brilliant.
    You must be doing something right if he doesn't know what sadness feels like!

  3. You know, there's a lot of wisdom in that bit about old people dying. Smart kid.

  4. Thanks, Britt. And you are right, Tod! It's a little scary.