today, after screaming at my kids (perhaps not the most effective route of communication, but i was pissed after being told with quite an attitude that learning about WWII was not relevant) about the importance of education- that it is the key to unlock the doors of poverty, of racism, of all of their woes, i quoted a study i heard at some point that people with a college degree are happier than those without. the following conversation proceeded:
johnny: ms. brown, i don't believe that. you have a college degree and you are MISERABLE.
me: no, i'm not, johnny. i am really happy.
johnny: how can you be happy, ms. brown? you are in this tiny room all day, with all these kids who won't listen to you and just act crazy all the time.
me: well, i try not to let it get me down, johnny. i know why i'm here, and i believe in education.
johnny: also, ms. brown, you want to have kids and since you're living by the bible (they all think the radical decision not to have kids until after
i'm married means i'm 'living by the bible') and your boyfriend won't marry you, you aren't happy with THAT either.
ms. brown (doubled over in laughter
): he won't marry me? well, johnny, sometimes you reach a point in a relationship where the actual marriage is not such a big deal anymore- you already have a commitment.
johnny: but you don't have a life partnership, ms. brown.
note: this coming from a child who can't spell the word 'because'. but he knows about life partnerships.