Every once in a while The Goobs and I have too many appointments to justify running back and forth into town, so we pack up all our school books and spend the entire day at the library. Oh, how I love library school. If we could bring snacks, we’d do this every day. Do you see how The Goobs aren’t poking each other? Do you see how they are not throwing things at each other’s heads? Do you see that Anemone, though quite obviously miserable and cursing me with all her considerable mind powers, is not weeping copiously or sinking down under the table to hang out with the dog? Do you see that JellyMan, though he is clearly aching to tell Anemone to get over herself and just do the stupid work already because it is not that hard – in fact, it is so easy that he could do it with his eyes closed with one hand tied behind his back and on an empty stomach too, is studiously minding his own business? Of course you see. You have your own Goobers and you understand. You also understand that when we’re at the library, I can’t exacerbate things by screeching, “You punks think I LIKE doing this, don’t you? You think I lost sleep as a child, all hopped up about homeschooling my own children! Well, I DIDN’T! I never thought about it at all! I thought I’d finally be able to have FUN by now! But I can’t! Because YOU won’t finish your work! Blah, moan, blah, snort, blah, slobber, blah….”
Yeah, you get it. I know you do.