Posted by: ritagone | November 22, 2017

Grandparents Day, 2017

This is a guest blog by my husband Michael, who is the funniest person I know.  I can prove it: he made his living for 30 years being funny, writing sitcoms and producing them and being very successful at this.  So enjoy his contribution to this week’s Rita’s Ramblings; I know I did!!!  And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you reading this.  I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends and that you appreciate and are thankful for all that God has blessed you with.


Our grandchildren (6th and 8Th grades) attend a private middle school near us. We were informed that today would be “Grandparents Day”. An opportunity to hear the middle school band and choir sing patriotic songs, visit our grandkids classes and see cute little pieces of pottery.

This will be fun.

In the English class (where the 8th graders are reading CALL OF THE WILD) the discussion was around the beating of the Husky “Buck” and the death of the other dogs and people on the sled.

Then sentences were outlined. I had no idea what the teacher was talking about when he started to explain how the object of a preposition takes an oblique case. I still felt bad for Buck.

Then it was on to our 6th grader’s art class where she was making what looked very much like a Fabergé egg.

Their other classes included algebra and computer studies where both students were designing computer programs for use with renderings based on “motion captured live action.” Whatever that is.

Then I dropped into the 8th grade science/engineering class where our grandson was working with a 3D printer making the housing for the small unit that will be sent to NASA for their next test flight to Mars. Something about the unit testing the gamma radiation in solar storms.

Clearly, I could not succeed at middle school in this place, even if I could get admitted.  I felt so profoundly stupid and was the most depressed I can ever remember being. It is bad enough that my phone is smarter than me, now I have a 12 and a 14 year old that make me feel inferior.

If you get invited to “Grandparents Day” at a middle school, watch out.




  1. Snorted my coffee over this one. Thanks for sharing Michael’s experience with us! It left me thinking about other things we own that are now smarter than us… cars, houses.. ask Michael about my “SmartWool” socks. For crying out loud.



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