So then, Sean’s homework assignment for tonight was to draw a picture representing fall.
I was excited about that project because of the many creative possibilities. I envisioned that he would draw a field of pumpkins or falling leaves. Or maybe pumpkins or falling leaves. Or something like that.
So I gave him a piece of paper and read to him the task as stated on the assignment sheet.
Side Bar: I learned early on in college that if you can figure out what the professor wants and give it to them on time, you can raise your letter grade by at least a factor of one. And the way you figure out what the professor wants is by reading the syllabus. The professor often explicitly states what is expected of you on the syllabus. That’s just a little trick I learned. So if you are in school right now and you are reading this, here’s a little golden nugget of advice: Read the dadgum syllabus. Read it twice.
Then I gave him some art supplies and said, “Go to town Picasso!” And he did.
When he handed me his masterpiece for inspection, I was a little bit surprised. There were no falling leaves or pumpkins. There was what appeared to be a moose staring at a tree.
So I asked him, I said, “Sean how does this represent fall?”
And he said with a bit of exasperation as one might have when speaking with someone as unlearned as I, “Mom. Moose look for a mate in the fall.”
So I said what anyone in my situation might say. I said, “Oh.”
And then I scratched my head and wondered if maybe we might be watching a little too much Animal Planet.
And now, I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the parents whose children might come home from school tomorrow with a little too much information regarding the mating habits of moose.
Mr. Moose looking for a Mrs. Moose. Clearly.