Thursday, March 18, 2010

Parent Teacher Conference

This year, I look forward to parent-teacher conferences. After all, Bigger Girl works hard, is quiet and kind to everyone, loves her teacher, and looks forward to learning in school.

Next year, it will be a different story. #2 Son will be starting school there next year, and Mrs. L is already warned.

It's not that the boy isn't smart. He's just a natural born con artist and work avoider, unless it is work he wants to do to earn money to buy Twinkies and Funyuns. He's one of the kids that the teachers always say, "If he put half the effort into doing the work that he puts into getting out of the work, he would be a straight A student."

Really I guess all of us are like that to a degree. We all have something we hate to do, and we procrastinate on it creatively to the point where we would expend less effort just doing it.

Meanwhile, Bigger Girl is doing very well in 10th grade. Next thing to tackle is teaching her to drive. Some boys are born knowing how, my #1 Son among them. She will be a totally different story.

Kiseki has finally decided, now that she is two weeks old, to start to open her eyes. I guess she couldn't have little brother Jules show her up.


Today is:

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Awkward Moments Day

Casey Jones Day

Companies That Care Day

Flag Day, Aruba

Forgive Mom and Dad Day

Goddess of Fertility Day

National Biodiesel Day

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

Sheelah's Day, Ireland (drowning the shamrock)

St. Anselm of Lucca's Day

St. Edward's Day

Supreme Sacrifice Day, Congo


Birthdays Today:

Dane Cook, 1972
Queen Latifah, 1970
Bonnie Blair, 1964
Vanessa Williams, 1963
Irene Cara, 1959
Brad Dourif, 1950
Wilson Pickett, 1941
Charlie Pride, 1938
F.W. de Klerk, 1936
John Updike, 1932
George Plimpton, 1927
Peter Graves, 1926
Edward Everett Horton, 1886
Rudolph Diesel, 1858
Grover Cleveland, 1837


Today in History:

Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190
German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229
Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673
Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850
Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada, 1893
Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922
The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922
The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968

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