It was one of those remarks that only seems funny in retrospect.
My five-year-old son was having his annual checkup. To my pleasant surprise, the doctor took the news that we were homeschooling quite well. She asked some friendly questions, culminating with the seemingly harmless, “So what are you learning in homeschool?”
“Well,” Ben said, “I mostly learn stuff from my dad, because my mom hardly knows anything.”
By an amazing effort of will I managed to keep my head up, stay seated erect in my chair, and even smile wanly, as the pediatrician looked at me in shock. I tried to explain: “He and his father have all the same interests – they’re very scientifically minded – he always wants to know how everything works and I never know…”