Wow, has it really been that long since I've done one of these?? Well...
We started homeschooling when our oldest was in first grade. She's now finishing her Junior year in college, so we feel like we've homeschooled long enough to make fun of homeschooling! Around our house, we have a little inside joke about being the "homeschool poster child." Anytime someone does something really absurd, misses an obvious fact, etc. we laugh and say "homeschool poster child!" (For the record, we think highly of homeschoolers, obviously. We just think it's fun to use the absurd moments like these to fit in with what many have seen as stereotypes of homeschoolers.)
Here was the latest of those moments:
Yesterday was my wife's birthday. Our 8 year old made her a nice little card patterned after a family favorite series of children's books by Mo Willems. It even featured the famous Pigeon. His card was about "Don't Let Pigeon Blow Out the Candles." (see the other Pigeon books and you'll get it). But the story was only half finished. The card ended with "to be continued..."
After mom read the card, my son smiled real big and said "too bad you have to wait until Christmas to get the contusion." When we all laughed, he thought we were laughing with him at making mom wait. Then we had to explain to him that we think he meant to say "conclusion", and explained that a "contusion" is like what happened when he hit the fireplace bricks with his head. And to think that he was waiting to give one to his mom until Christmas, well, that's pretty funny. Even funnier was the face he made, the light going on, and the big "Ooohhhhhh." Homeschool poster child!
Of course, he's not the only one to suffer from a little word confusion. We had a President who dealt with that, and in spite of what people often said/thought, he was a pretty smart guy. So I think this one may turn out ok as well. And that, my friends, is the contusion to my story.