Thursday, July 10, 2008

role reversal

I came home from the July Fourth Fireworks to find La Petite sitting on the couch holding a clipboard: my clipboard, with my latest and greatest rough draft of a grad school project. She had pen in hand and was proofreading, revising, and making suggestions.
I used to do this for her. The last time I proofed one of hers was a full three years ago, when she was a freshman in college. Now she helps her friends when they need advice, and now, yes, now, she's helping her mother.
The comments all sound like a 21-yr-old. Here's a sampling:

This is a long and confusing sentence.
What the cr** is this supposed to mean?
Make this verb active, not passive.
Check APA style.
Is this really related to (the topic)?

Then there were the comments she made that built on my own comments and revisiions.
My notes: Run-on
Hers: Yup. You dangled a participle, too.
My notes: best word?
Hers: Yes.

The next morning she referred to my run-on sentences as "Awesome" as in "Mom, that run-on sentence that was the whole paragraph by itself? That was awesome."
Maybe she meant awe-inspiring. After all, I did teach her writing class in 6th grade. She got some of her skills from me, somehow.
Later, though, she had to ask me how many cups were in a quart. Then she had to ask if we had any three-quart containers for the planting kit she wanted to assemble. Snicker. Mom still knows best. Wait...I was her math teacher in 6th grade, too....

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Blogger Swistle said...

Ha! I love her comments!

7/10/2008 8:03 AM  
Blogger Queen of the Mayhem said...

That is too funny! I was just my daughter's teacher...very interesting experience!

Scary how things change over the years!

7/10/2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

Love it! I guess turn around is fair play?

7/10/2008 1:33 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh that is so awesome that she's helping you you. Looks like she's inherited your talent. How cool.

7/10/2008 4:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh that is so awesome that she's helping you you. Looks like she's inherited your talent. How cool.

7/10/2008 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her comments are fabulous, very cool and scary to have your child whip out the red pen.

7/10/2008 4:44 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

If my Ben or Anna ever get to the point where they are red-penning my work, my head may explode from the sheer force of the total oddness of it all. Then again... I sincerely hope they will have the skills and the guts to do it.

7/11/2008 5:51 AM  

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