Friday, February 10, 2012

The Weirdest Girl of All

Tonight at dinner, 9-Year-Old Son shared with us that the boys in his class were smarter than the girls.

“Really?” Husband and I asked. “Do you think that’s true?”
“Yep,” he said matter-of-factly. “It’s true.”
“What’s your evidence?” we pressed, ‘cause we’re those kind of parents.
“Well, when the boys raise their hands, they’re always right.”
“And what about the girls?”
“They don’t raise their hands that much.”
“Hmmm . . . did you know that there have been studies done that show that boys raise their hands more often than girls? Then they get called on more frequently.” That’s Husband talking. He’s a Harvard grad, so it’s all about the research.
“That’s right, Hon.” (Sometimes I call Husband “Hon.”) As the person at the table with the advanced degree in Education, I felt the need to validate this statement. “Son, the next time you see it happening, you should say, ‘The girls are awfully silent. I wonder what they think about this.’” It’s fun to teach your children subversion! It's best to couple it with self-defense classes.
“Yeahhh . .  . I don’t know,” Son slurred and tilted his head skeptically. “To be honest all the girls are kind of . . . weird.”  
Excuse me?” The Shark in Shark Girl came out and gave the death stare to 9-Year Old. “Girls are weird?”
“Yeah. Pretty much.”
“I’m a girl. Am I weird?” This was one of those set up questions. There’s only one right answer.
“Mom! You’re like the weirdest girl of all! You do jiu jitsu!”


  1. You know, I remember when my dad quit smoking, he plunged head first into a lifelong fitness/happiness lifestyle. I was very young at the time and I thought he was so utterly weird for hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

    My how time and maturity change a lady. I have now hiked GC, Mount Whitney, San Jacinto, run marathons, 5K's and have travelled my own path of life fitness.

    Keep up the weirdness! One day his young eyes will change and you will magically morph into a endless well of inspiration and a living directional handbook for "how it's done."


  2. Good fun. My 9-year-old does BJJ, too. She thinks it's a blast, and she thinks I'm cool for doing it.
    I guess we're all a little weird, though. :)

  3. ditto Georgette. Yay for weird girls! :)

  4. Haha, don't worry, in no time he'll think that girls who don't do BJJ (or any other martial art) are weird !


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