A Perfect Day At School
“So, Joe, it’s time to go to school.” In his world, this is governed by him.
“It’s like 4 in the afternoon!”
“Perfect. There won’t be anyone there to bother me.”
“I see your point. So, ah, what, the teacher just stays late for you?”
“Totes. Totally. Come on Joe, keep up.”
“Right. Sorry. So what are you going to learn today?”
“We’re going to watch videos of people playing minecraft.”
“Watch, err, people playing? Like tutorials or something?”
“No,” Heavy sigh. “We’ll watch people playing. Playing, Joe. Just playing.”
“Wait, let me get this straight. It’s fun to watch people playing, and not, you know, playing yourself?”
“And this helps you learn?”
Shrugs. “No, I know everything about Minecraft.”
“So the purpose is…?”
“Better than trying to learn about how parliament works.”
“Fair enough. And then what? What, you know, crazy learning stuff will you do?”
“We’ll work on creating virtual reality.”
“Cuz, like real reality sucks so bad?”
“You got it.”
“How will you create virtual reality?”
“That’s up to the teacher.”
“So you’ll just kind of supervise him?”
“Yup. And watch poop videos.”
“Wait, what? No, I don’t even want to know.”
“Ready to go, Joe?”
“Ok, let’s strap on our jetpacks.”
I do get that school isn’t nearly as fun as playing games, watching videos, surfing online or pretending you’re a writer. At lot of things in life, well, actually MOST things, are just not that fun. However, they still have to get done.
And you know what, for all the Oldest’s dreams of being able to teleport directly to school, of classes being taught by Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, or homework assignments consisting of racking up the high score on Mario Cart, he still gets up, gets dressed and heads off to school. 5 days a week. He does his homework, occasionally listens to something in class and manages to get pretty good grades.
So, he may not love school, it may not be what he dreams about, but he knows he has to do it… so he does his best.
Me thinks that’s about all we could ever ask of anyone.