Friday, December 19, 2003

The silence of the lambs

So, Mrs. Aardvark is diligently assisting the EAC (Eldest Aardvark Child), filling out the registration for the SAT. The EAC is working on a poster for her English class, something to do with the Civil War (or the WBtS, as some old timers call it). It's got a big dragon on it with the Stars and Bars in the background and a line underneath with a quote talking about the coming dragons of war (meaning the Rebel army, hence the S&B, which, I have to say, still made me a little nervous, even used correctly in a historical context, what with all the racial "sensitivity" going around these days). So anyway, the EAC is busy coloring in her dragon so Mrs. Aardvark is asking her the questions and filling out the registration form. I get involved when we have to look up college codes and scholarship codes and the like because they are in small print and I have the best eyes of the group (10/10 hawk vision! ... er ... or something).

We get to the question that asks about WHERE the student would like to go to school (in general terms). These were the options

A) Close to home
B) In the same state
C) In an adjoining state
D) In the United States
E) In another country
F) Don't know

Mrs. A. reads aloud, "What is the student's preference for the geographic area of their school? A - Close to home."

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(crickets chirping)

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(slight hunching of the EAC's shoulders)

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"Ok, then, that's not it. How about B - In the same state."

"Yeah, that's what I want," says the EAC (just a little nervously).

Fortunately, we all laughed (whew!). I told her that her mom and I didn't take it personally. In fact, we understood completely. Heh. I think that REALLY freaked her out.

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