Thursday, August 30, 2012

Darn Carbon-based Life Forms...

My son who will be 8 next week brought home his first round of graded classwork from 3rd grade.  Among the papers was a sheet with 4 or 5 short sentences, each beginning with "I like", "I don't like", or "My favorite".  He said that it was a getting-to-know-you assignment to introduce himself to his work partner. 

Now, understand, this child REALLY struggles with writing, so I was thrilled to have a piece of paper with THAT MUCH writing from his own mind about himself.  Despite his... [ahem] creative spelling, I was able to decipher most of the sentences.  "I like snakes." "I like science."

One of them said, "I do NOT like organic beins."  I thought that means "beans".  I am an organic gardener and he has always LOVED the green beans!  So I asked my son what that sentence said.  He told me,

"I do not like organic beings."

*blink-blink*  "Why not?"  
"Because they eat snakes, and I like snakes."  

Well that clears everything up for me. 

You know, my friends and family have laughed for years at the fact that our children seldom talk about a "person", but rather a "human".  We blame our sci-fi/fantasy fixation for that.  When your world is filled with elves, orcs, hobbits, mutants, aliens, fauns and minotaurs, you HAVE to specify species.   NEVER before, though, has one of my children lumped all carbon-based life forms together and made such a prejudiced statement against them.  

We have some work to do.