Wednesday, November 2, 2011

You're Soooooo Smart!

Standing in her mother's living room one Saturday afternoon, Tammy announced to Juanita, "Hey, I got an email from Jada's teacher. The other day, the two of you only did sixteen science vocabulary words and definitions and not twenty-nine. And she needs help with her science project, too."
Juanita asked in a boisterous voice, "What? Dang it! I should've read the instructions more carefully. Why didn't you say something, earlier? Science project?" She was not expecting an answer.
"So, um...can the two of you finish the assignments?" asked Tammy.
"Jada is your daughter! Why can't you help her? Dang!," Juanita replied.
"Because, you're soooooo smart, Ma," offered Tammy.
"Don't try to charm me." Juanita demanded. She then shouted toward the kitchen, "Jada, get your books and come here to the living room!" Juanita thought, "I'm getting my granddaughter into Harvard - if it's the last thing I do!
Entering the living room, the eight-year-old Jada asked, "I gotta do this, now, Grandma? What about basketball?" with her books in tow.
Juanita replied, "You can play basketball for one-hour and you better be back in this house at 5:30. I mean it."
"Okay," said Jada.
Tammy asked, "Can I help you with her homework, Ma?"
"No, you dizzy blond," Juanita replied. 

Sometime later, after the grandmother and granddaughter had completed the vocabulary words and definitions while Tammy was engrossed in sending and receiving text messages on the recliner, Juanita asked, "Jada, we are doing a whole lot of work on this science project. Isn't this supposed to be a work group effort for your class?"
"Yes, but the kids in my work group live in the projects, and I know they don't have a laptop like I do," she replied.
Studying her grandmother for a moment and leaning into her, Jada continued, "Well, if they do have a laptop; they don't have printers. And, I ain't trying to get a "F" on my science project because of them."
"Oh, I forgot to tell you that I have to write the script for my drama class, too," offered Jada.
"Why didn't you tell me that earlier?"
"I dunno," replied Jada.

Reaching for Jada's homework calendar on the coffee table and studying the contents very carefully, Tammy read the entries aloud, "Jada, you have a math test on next Tuesday and an English project due on next Friday...."
Interrupting her daughter, Juanita said, "I'm sure you are reading that stuff so I can help her."
"No, I'm not," Tammy replied in a high-pitched voice.
"Whatever," Juanita offered.

So, after the duo had finished the vocabulary words along with definitions, the science project and the drama script, Jada returned to the comforts of her home with her mother, Tammy; while Juanita's head throbbed from an evening with her daughter and granddaughter.

Late that evening, Juanita's nap was interrupted by the ringing of her cell phone. She answered on the third chime.

Jada said all at once, "Thank you for helping me with my homework, Grandma. I was just thinking. When I go to college, I'm gonna have to take you with me. We can be dorm mates. I'm not gonna to be able to do my college homework without you, either. I don't know how I'm gonna tell the college people that I need to bring my Grandma with me and let you live in the dorms. You are sooooo smart! Oh, Mama said that she's bringing my best friend, Tiffany, over tomorrow so you can help her with her homework, too. She's not as smart as I am. I love you," as she quickly terminated the call.

"Dang it!" Juanita said after the call had ended.
Until next week, keep praising His name,
Sir Charles

(My novels are available at - Charles Carroll Lee)

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