Wednesday, January 16, 2008

If it hadn't been for that horse...

I never would have spent that year in college.

That is the inane statement that rattled around inside comedian Lewis Black's head after overhearing a conversation on a bus. It was so off the wall he could not shake it for hours, even days. Even in context, I am sure that comment would not make any sense. I overheard a similar conversation today.

Two women were talking about the troubles one of their sons was having in school. This is his senior year in high school and it looks like he is going to fall a few credits short of graduating. As you can imagine, it is not his fault. He failed the first half of a math class and passed the second, but since math is a subject whose topics build upon each other, the school made him take the whole class over. He responded by failing both halves. The result is he gets no credit for the class. The mother thinks that this is unjust and he should get credit for the first half. I mean he passed it once right. Never mind he showed no interest in his education by failing. Never mind that this is only one of the few credits he is short.

There was much more to that exchange, but I think you get the idea. That entire conversation and the concept behind it has rattled around in my head all day. The bit that bothers me the most is the prevailing idea today that it is always someone else's fault. No one seems able to take responsibility for their actions.


Word of the day...

scorbutic (skor-BYOO-tik) adjective Pertaining to or afflicted with scurvy.

A little humor for you...

Chuck Norris' calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2nd; no one fools Chuck Norris.


2 comments: said...

I can't get over how snazzy your blog page is! Really sharp!

Now, I'm not so sure about having your daughter help you bottle beer. I'll bet she had fun doing it, though.

God bless. Mama-in-law

Natalie said...

Scurvy! Sounds like it's time to drink some water with lemon to fend that off.