Monday, December 7, 2009


When I was in school I was in the Gifted program. You know, where all the super super smart kids go. That was me. I would go to my Gifted classes and do harder work than what I had to do in my regular classes. I hated it. Why would someone want to leave an easy class for a hard one? My Gifted teacher Mrs. McCullen told me that I needed to stimulate my mind. I was in this class with seriously the super super smart kids and they would be loving these worksheets and calculations and I would be like... "How do you do this?"

I told my mom I wanted to quit Gifted because I wasn't smart. Ma mere told me that sometimes people are in Gifted because they think and see things differently than other people. So, if I didn't feel as smart as the other kids in there I must be one of the ones that think differently.

Today I want to share proof that I never should have been in the Gifted program.

I learned 2 things recently:

1. The phrase is "Nip it in the bud."
Not, as I have been proclaiming for 25 years, "Nip it in the butt." I thought "nip it in the butt" spank it in it's little butt so it stops doing that. Makes sense. Or made sense until I got into an argument with Ken over what the real phrase is. Apparently, you should nip it in the bud. Before it blooms into a flower (or a real problem.)

2. Skunks are nocturnal.
This may not seem huge. But I was honestly thinking about how I have seen a good share of animals in my life time. All the regular ones at least. And I thought, I've never seen a skunk. I know that they live in Idaho. I see their sad rotting carcasses on the highway on my way to work. I've thought, How are there these dead skunks, at least once a week, and I never see a single one? Yeah. They are nocturnal. As in only come out at night. Like gerbils, owls, and raccoons. How did I miss that? Too busy thinking differently I suppose.

If that's not proof enough for you, know that it was proof enough for me.

I hereby, remove myself from the Gifted Program.

That feels better. A huge load off my shoulders.


Gramma n Grampa said...

I'll have to ask my oldest granddaughter if this is how she feels....!
But by the way, You are WAY GIFTED!

Karlenn said...

Hahaha! I'm always saying idioms like that incorrectly. It makes me feel really stupid. I'm an English girl. I should know my idioms.