Monday, April 23, 2007

The Geek Gene

Okay, let's see a show of hands. How many of you that read this blog were total dorks in school?

My hand would be raised if I weren't typing.

When I was in school, I so badly wanted to be one of the cool people. But I never was. The cool people never tried to be cool. They just were. They had a certain je ne sais quoi that couldn't be emulated.

So when I had children, I wondered if they would be "cool" in school. It's not that having cool kids was extremely important to me. I only hoped they wouldn't be the ones in school everybody picked on.

"J" has turned out to be one of those kids with a small circle of close friends. And she picked really nice friends. But she's not cool.

With "A" it was too soon to tell until recently.

Then she started telling me about the toilet paper at school and how scratchy it is. That didn't label her as a dork.

But the next day, when she asked if she could put some of our soft toilet paper in her backpack to take to school, the truth became glaringly obvious.

Yep, she's a dork. I think dork parents give birth to dork kids. It's just the way it is.

If you want your kids to be cool, then hope that you were cool in school or they are doomed.
SJ's pre-school teacher had a story to tell me the other day.

He wanted to swing at school and he was waiting his turn patiently.

A little boy who hates to share was hogging the swing. SJ kept saying, "My turn now."

The kid kept swinging.

Finally SJ walked up behind the swing and grabbed it and said, "Get off the damn swing!"

My son is using adjectives appropriately. Hooray!

Another thing he did, fortunately not at school, was to wait until we were mid diaper change and then start dancing around saying, "I'm shaking my weinie."

Go SJ, it's your birthday. Hee hee.


Blogger Bearette24 said...

I was a total dork!! Spelling bee...say no more.

I think my mom may have been cool though. Hmm.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Chris H said...

Cute kid, shakin his weinie! It's my son's birthday today (tuesday), but somehow I don't think he's gunna be shakin his weinie anytime soon! ha ha ha He's 20!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Ms.L said...

Bwaahaaahaa GO SJ!
Did he learn that phrase from his dad or you?? Never mind I already know,hee hee.
I love it when little kids talk like that,love it,love it love it!

I was a dork in school too!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Undomestic said...

I wore "head gear" ...the silver thing around the outside of your mouth ... (think movie "Better off Dead") middle school... and thought it was very cool...can you get any dorkier than that?

LOVE the "damn" comment...too funny!

9:46 PM  
Blogger CheerleadingTechie said...

Gah... twas never "cool" in fact I'm still kind of a loner... the only difference between then and now is that then I cared and now I don't care what others think... Funny thing is that I am a cheerleader --I'm STILL not popular. Go figure.

"Get off the damn swing!" -- love it!

12:05 AM  
Blogger CheerleadingTechie said...

Oh, also... check out MY blog... the video at the end of "Dedicated to SJ"... It does right along with SJ's "Get off the damn swing."

12:21 AM  
Blogger paula said...

We have blogs, what do you think?
All dorks. But even dorks can be cool.

The teachers must have been rolling!

Get off the damn swing!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I wasn't a dork, but I wasn't cool, either. I floated somewhere in the middle gray area.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Ty said...

SJ sounds like he's a hoot!

I was considered cool but I sold my soul twice over to be that way. If I could go back, I would just be myself and not worry about it.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Popular is overrated! Go SJ

8:10 AM  
Blogger Mary Poppins said...

well..i was a dork/cool...can that be accomplished???

I was a bookworm with friends...don't ask me to explain....I still don't get it...

As for SJ...'get off the damn thing!!'...I can just see the fear on the rest of the pre-schoolers...that'll teach em' a lesson!!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Mad Rabbit said...

Did it ever occur to you that cool TP is well COOL. I don't wanna use sand paper when soft and quilty is better. I think she will turn out to be one of the way cool kids. she is a born leader.
According to my yearbook I was kinda considered cool, but I don't really remember caring one way or the other.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Mad Rabbit said...

you forgot 10 things about yourself.
1you are too self depracating.
2Way cooler than you think
3Beautiful (inside and out)
4Funny as hell
5very considerate of others
6A good cook and adventuresome too
7Willing to try almost anything
8Stubborn in your own right (but quietly so)
9You care way too much what others think about you.
10You don't take credit for all the wonderful things you do.

Oh I was unable to put the new names on the other blog so I'll try this one.
SJ SlimJim
S Surly
J Jeniva the Diva
A Ass kickin Angel (angel for short
C Crumbleishious???

10:09 AM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I guess I was kinda in the middle like Liz, but more leaning toward the dorky side.

So, did the kid immediately jump off the swing? That'll teach him to be a hog!

10:36 AM  
Blogger MsCellania said...

I was Too Cool.
Too Cool to go to any school events. (No extracurricular stuff/No sports/No attending any dances or social stuff)
Too Cool to date any guys in my own grade (and I was 2 years younger than my peers).
Too Cool to finish high school.
Pray your kids are dorks. I am married to a dork. He was always very happy with his science fair stuff, his AP match/science courses, his projects at home/school. His mother said he was her Happiest Kid.
I hope both my sons are dorks. We are doing a huge model railroad in the yard, hoping to keep them dorky as long as we can!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah Louise said...

I was in between but always felt like the odd one out. In hs, I joined the literary magazine (dork!) but that's where I met most of my friends, and we were cool in our dorkiness.

I like Paula's comment.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Iamthebookworm said...

Thanks for the laugh! I was definitely a dork in school. I am still a dork. Long live the dorks!

6:34 PM  
Blogger My float said...

I was a nerdy kid, and later a bit of a class clown (but an uncool one, I think)!

How cute is that boy of yours? And good for him telling the kid who hogged the swing to get off!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

I was a dork. Hand held high. Don't most people THINK they were a dork?

Get off the damn swing. GO SJ SO. Bwaahahahahah!

The toilet paper thing...too funny.

9:37 AM  
Blogger WORKINGGIRL55 said...

The correct toilet paper is not usually or noticed by children. The stuff at school must be really bad1

10:14 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Bearette - You look cool. :)

Chris H - I hope he doesn't. LOL

Ms. L. - Actually I think his eight year old sister has been goading him.

Undomestic - But you thought it was cool and didn't hate it. That's a good thing.

Techie - You are fun to be around. I'm thinking that, like J, you have a small close circle of friends. Although I seem to recall you had TONS of myspace friends.

Paula - Good point. Maybe only dorks blog.

Liz - That middle gray area is not a bad place to be.

Ty - I tried to sell mine but nobody wanted it. LOL

Anonymous - Good point.

Mary - If anybody could accomplish that, it would be you.

Mad Rabbit - Thanks for the compliments and stubborn, moi?

Roxanne - The teacher didn't tell me the rest of the story. I think they probably made him get off.

MsCellania - A model railroad! Don't tell my husband. He'll want to move next door.

SL - I helped on the school paper one year - LOVED IT.

Bookworm - YEAH, Hooray for dorks!

MyFloat - Even uncool class clowns are funny.

Ginger's Mom - My oldest girl complained about the TP too. It must be bad. I'll bet the teachers get the good stuff. They deserve it though.

Workinggirl - Yes, considering the sensitivities of SJ, he'll probably refuse to use it at all when he goes to school. Eeeew.

6:36 PM  

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