Another personal favorite to keep the embers stoked while I get settled and prepare for some new material. Perhaps because I watched Pitch Perfect recently, perhaps a “Where are they Now” article about the 16 Candles actors I came across, perhaps my teenager-y resemblance to Molly Ringwald, or perhaps my slight obsession with Jake Ryan. I thought this one deserved a second chance. I hope you enjoy. And, if you were born in the wrong decade/generation and don’t know the movies, do yourself a favor and go rent them. P.S. I’ve been a brain, a princess, and a basket case at various points of my life–if only I were good at sports. I draw the line at criminal though….
You see us
as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.
Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at seven o’clock this morning.
We were brainwashed…
Here’s an exercise: try explaining what the words jock, nerd, dork and geek mean to your children without resorting to stereotypes.
A commute on the train the other day found my husband and I attempting to define these words to our curious children without falling back on”kids that like science and math” or “kids that play sports to the point of exclusivity” or “kids that aren’t ‘cool‘.” Because, well, we want our kids to like science and math and play sports and yes, even think of themselves as cool, whatever their definition of cool happens to be. And though labels such as geek and nerd have enjoyed a kind of reverse-cool renaissance, semantics are tough to…
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