Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Why homeschooling makes me laugh...

I know I'm a couple of weeks late bringing this up, being that Columbus day is long since over and gone, and you're all done with your big celebrations.

Personally, I don't really care to celebrate Columbus day. I'll just be honest here, it's kind of an irritating holiday for me. Typically, I spend a small portion of the day walking down to the the mailbox. Then I get there and realize that I just wasted five whole minutes of my life that I'll never get back, walking to a god-forsaken mailbox, on a supposed holiday that no one actually celebrates. Except for bankers and mailmen. I usually allow myself just a little slice of bitterness as I trudge forlornly back to my driveway. It's easy to forget that I used to really whoop it up on Columbus day back when I was in banking. In fact, I really loved having a paid day off that no one else got. Serves me right I suppose.

Okay. So the reason for this post, (and there is always a reason, lest you doubt me for even a second) is that my son recently finished a report on Mr. Columbus. Not such a good guy really. Did you know that? He was kind of slimy sort. Liar. Slave driver. Swindler... you know, really "quality character" things that you'd want to celebrate by giving the world no mail for an entire day. (I promise to drop this now.)

But the point is, that JJ drew the cutest picture for his report and I laughed for three whole minutes as I read it. (Almost makes up for the five I lost when..... Oh yeah. I said I'd stop.)

If you can't read it, allow me to decipher it for you. The first picture is of Columbus's three ships. Presumably, Columbus is shouting at someone on the shore, "Earth is round." And that ignorant naysayer on land is shouting, "No it's not!" And if you look very closely at the picture, it appears that the land-loving unbeliever is cupping his hands around his mouth so as to carry his shout further. Hence, my three minutes of laughter.
Admittedly, it takes very little to make me laugh for three whole minutes these days.

I blame homeschooling.

And mailmen who take days off.

36 comments:

Laura - The Stampin' Soldier said...

This is so cute and funny! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

the wild raspberry said...

that is good stuff there!

Krysta Knapp said...

Your son is brilliant, clearly!

That reminds me of my biggest Homeschooling laugh ever, back in my homeschooling days (insert nostalgic sniff here). My then-first grader wrote a report on the Titanic, spelled phonetically. The report read as follows:

The Titanic was a big ship.
It suck!
It broak!
It broak into one half!

Tracey said...

Ha! You rock!! Because you never cease to make me laugh!!!

Love the picture :)

:) T

T said...

how funny! YOU made me laugh for 3whole minutes! thanks, i needed that!!!

Jana said...

What a cute story! I love his interpretation! I would crack up too...you make things fun that I never could, he is a great artist I cant believe how well he observes depth perception! watch the boy...and tell him I said that...my boy loves to hear those things!

The Redhead Riter said...

That is cute! He obviously totally brilliant ♥

This Heavenly Life said...

Haha! Such a cute drawing! Kids in general make me laugh, but I'm sure if I added homeschooling to the mix, I'd be off my rocker :)

Kimi said...

That is too funny! I love homeschool for that very reason

Laura Fox said...

Very cute!!

golonghorns said...

Adorable and nice artwork!

Trac~ said...

LOL - TOO CUTE and what a great imagination! ;o)

jociegal said...

Hahahaha - SOOOO cute. And, you are right about Columbus Day. Once I learned the kind of chap he really was I wondered why exactly he got his own day. You forgot to mention that he handed out blankets as "gifts" to the native Americans that were laced with small pox. Anyway...he was a jerk. Great post though - I loved it!!!

The Flying Bee said...

So funny! I love his drawing!

Jewls said...

Ha ha! I still remember the song I learned about Columbus in elementary school! Your kids are so cute!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Did you know in Minnesota they don't take it off from school. My poor kids were robbed. Not even sure if they discussed it at school...so good for you teaching your kids about the all important Columbus. I think your son got it:)

Kasey said...

love it!
And how right you are about Columbus...i mean really...he didn't really discover america..so why are we still celebrating him and his band of liars?
xo

Jboo said...

So cute and funny-- what great drawings!
Janet

Jill said...

He is a hoot! I totally agree with you on the whole Columbus Day thing.

Julie Harward said...

That was so cute and cleverly written..you are good at that! I hate it too when I forget it's a holiday and I get in my car and head into town to get the mail...I feel like such a numb-skull as I walk back to my car and a friend drives by...ha ha, she forgot it was a holiday! Your son's picture is very cute, I think he has some of his Mom;s personality!
Come say hi :D

He & Me + 3 said...

Sound carries better over water, so that land lover was not to be out done. LOL Kidding I have no idea if that is true, just sounded good.
Glad my mailbox is attached to my house cause I would hate to get 5 minutes of brisk exercise in each day to get the bills...I mean mail. LOL

Julie said...

Too cute! lol. Columbus Day kind of snuck up on me...I think I talked about it briefly with the kids, but no report. Maybe next year! :)

Jenny said...

Totally, totally adorable! I love the "NO IT'S NOT!" Obvious clever and wonderful like his Momma.

Jules said...

I love kids!!!!!

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Kids always make me laugh. I think that's why God created them, to make us too serious adults laugh.

Glad you found out the truth about Columbus, liar and a cheat.

I too, hate not getting mail. Have a good day.

Jennifer said...

I used to feel bitter about the whole Columbus day thing too....I was never off, and all the banks and post offices were! Plus, with the post office closed, the next day at work I had tons, and tons, and tons of mail to tote back and go through!

Meg said...

That is hilarious!

I agree with Columbus Day. Everyone I know had the day off but I didn't. It sucked.

LeAnna said...

Very funny! :) The self employed don't get Columbus day off. So, I have no shame going through the bank drive through at 5:59 p.m. of an evening. ;)

Diana said...

So cute!

Jeanneoli said...

I wish we lived near each other:-)

Muthering Heights said...

LOLOLOLOL, that;s one for the history books!!

~BBB~ said...

I had to chuckle because I too went to the post office on Columbus Day and wondered "where did everybody go?". Silly me. Cute post! :)

Christina said...

Totally hilarious. I seriously love this.

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

COLUMBUS was portuguese like me ;)

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Dandy said...

Sheesh! I wasted time driving to the bank to make a deposit. Hmph.

Elle Bee said...

K, I just came to read this from you current post about weddings and I'm dying laughing!! This is hysterical!!