Monday, May 24, 2010
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
Thanks so much for all the well wishes! Am feeling a bit better today, not so down for the count. Also, I've enjoyed all the thoughtful comments on my rant against beauty pageants, hyphenated names, and vow renewal. I don't have a problem with people keeping their original last name, making up a last name, taking a husband's last name (or a wife's for that matter). (And to Lana, I like the name Gramlich. You guys rule!). My only complaint is that a hyphenated name is unduly complicated and indicates a general societal attitude that everyone can have everything at any time. I.e, I can give my child both my name and my spouse's name, I can keep my original name and also give lip service to having my husband's name. I never have to give up anything. It's also wildly impractical and unruly. If these two-named children marry, then you have four names and so on and so on. I always think two names carry a deep ambivalence built into them. That said, it's just a pet peeve. People can have eight names if it makes them happy. Like the line in the Carver story "Vitamins": "People be happy, that's my motto."
I'm still sticking to my beauty pageant issue. Why ask these girls serious questions? Why, oh why? Why not make it a spelling bee? Or maybe ask them something truly patriotic like a basic social studies question about government, along the lines of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" I'll be back tomorrow with a regular post, maybe smarter than a fourth grader, maybe not!
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi
Heff is scheduled to review the new Playboy -- check it out!
Benedictions and Maledictions