Cherished historical figured pulled from his pedestal

For his 7th grade Language Arts class (what we old people used to call English), Big Brother keeps a reading log. Fortunately, he gets to read whatever books he wants, because he is not an eager reader, and is not particularly fond of fiction. He does the best the with history, so he has been reading a book about the American Civil War. For those who did not go to school in the US, and those who did not pay attention during their US schooling, it’s important to the forthcoming incident to know that the American Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Big Brother was getting close to the end of the book, last I checked. This morning, as all the boys were getting logged into school (wrap your heads around that, old people), I asked him if he’d finished.

From his classroom on the couch, he replied that he had.

“How did the Civil War end?” I asked.

He gave the standard reply of any 12-year-old who doesn’t want to be quizzed about schoolwork: “I don’t remember.”

“Really?” I asked. “You just finished it yesterday.”

“You already know how it ended,” he told me.

“But you just read the book,” I insisted.

From his classroom, on the loveseat, Buster (3rd grade) piped up in his brother’s defense. “But you know the most about history,” he told me.

“Yes, but . . . “

Big Man (1st grade) cut me off. Sitting in his classroom on the recliner, he forestalled my argument and closed the case in Big Brother’s defense. “But you were the one who was in that fight,” he told me, just before all three boys broke into a peal of laughter.

I just got cut down by a six-year-old.

Can you blame me for being a proud father?

I’m the guy in the middle. The one holding the gun.

16 comments on “Cherished historical figured pulled from his pedestal

  1. thegsandwich says:

    You’ve got a comedian on your hands.

  2. I love it how your title is not what we thought it was.
    The standard: “I don’t remember” reply. Classic.
    Wow and your 1st grader already has such on-point humor? I see a bright future.

    • I try to use the titles to make the posts seem more interesting than they really are. The kids say if I don’t get some readers in here pretty soon, they’re gonna take this thing over, and then they’ll really roast me with the Daddy jokes.

  3. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Scott, how kids think of age is hysterical. If I were in your shoes I have NO idea how I’d handle this. All I can say is GOOD LUCK!!

  4. Just Joan says:

    LOL, they all made me laugh, esp Big Man. Were you Blue or Gray? Do you still have your uniform in the closet? Does it still fit? 🙂

  5. Geri Lawhon says:

    Thanks for the laughter, it really brightened my day.

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