Pick Any Pencil

photo“Dad, pick any pencil you like and I’ll get a story.” So says Nola as I prepare to sign off on her homework for the night. She’s pushing 5 and she surprises me by how serious she is about it. Generally, the homework consists of a grid of repeating numbers that she has to trace (she’s on 4 now) and a pictogram to color. Sometimes the traceable items are objects, like clothing or something.  It’s an amazing thing to see how your kid processes a task and she is a divide n conquer chick, outlining everything first then filling in the details. She’s getting pretty clean with the coloring too and she picks schemes.  She’s learning to sing and count in Irish ( she’s up to 8) but she tells me she likes the States more because she didn’t have to go everyday to school and do homework all the time. I don’t think I convinced her that she’ll grow up smarter and happier if she finishes 1). vegetables, 2) homework & listens to 1) teacher ((she does though)), 2) mom n dad ((nope)). That’s fine though. She’s not shy in the least & I have prepared a spiel every day when I ‘collect’ her that saves the opposing parent from being the doomed deer in the crosshairs when Nola blurts out “Slumber Party?!”


About The Curtis / McCullough Contingency

We're a family out of southern California transported into Connemara, Ireland. This is our story of why, when, where and how & hopefully a well attended to living narrative of life v 3.0. My hope is that it will be less of an operating manual and travelogue and more of a personal outlet that leads a viewer to reverse engineer the content to put together their own unique picture of what they might be going through if they were in our shoes.
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One Response to Pick Any Pencil

  1. Joe says:

    Great to hear from ya again, lad. I’ve been wondrin’ where ya been. Got all the paperwork and details and such under control yet?


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