Working on interpersonal interactions, Daniel had homework to do; homework that was basically conversation starters.
Was I willing to do this exercise with him, he wondered?
But of course! I’m his mom. I’m his super nerdy-homework-is-fun-as-long-as-it-isn’t-math mom.
So we sit down together and work on our conversation starters exercise. I am to start and he is to continue answering back with two to three sentences. We’re working on interpersonal interactions here because it has been proven on occasion that not everyone wants to talk about Hot Wheels cars and Lego sets and video games.
Crazy, I know!
Glancing at the ten conversation starters, I’m thinking this is going to be easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. Daniel sighs because mom is saying easy-peasy, lemon squeezy again.
First one: So I heard that there was a fire on your street…
There was a fire? Oh my god! Where?
No, son. There wasn’t really a fire. It’s the conversation starter. I say, “So I heard that there was a fire on your street..” And you answer back…
So there wasn’t a fire on our street.
No son. How about you answer back something like, “Yes, last night in front of my neighbor Don’s house…”
Don’s house?! Don’s house was on fire? But you said there was no fire.
There was no fire. We’re just pretending while we practice conversing. Pretend that there was a fire.
Why would I pretend something so bad like Don’s house being on fire?
Don’s house isn’t really on fire.
Then why would we talk about something like that? It’s not even true! Oh my god, mom!
Do you have any math homework?
But what about my Speech homework?