Homework is one of those butt-pains in life. It's like laundry or vacuuming - it's bearable if you can pay someone else to do it. Otherwise, all it takes is a little concentration and you'd be done with it in no time. For our second-grader, a little concentration is like saying, all you need is a Masters in quantum physics. Concentrate, according to him, is orange juice.
But he has his moments. From his Ziploc baggie of books he borrowed from school, we read a non-fiction book called "Simple Machines." It was about, well, simple machines.
"Some need fuel."
Still others required the dreadful, inefficient power of man!
Thank God I had three cups of green tea because I was falling asleep. Before you do, let me cut to the chase. The simple machines (as in the title) the information went into were pulleys, wedges and inclined planes.
Here, I pictured my friend Swan singing Beethoven's Fifth with the words "We're Not Im-pressed." Try it - you won't be able to hear the song without the lyrics next time.
Anyway - pulley's. I asked Zuki if he knew what a pulley was.
"Sure. It's underwear."
Under...wear? What's he taking...flashcard cues from his brother?
"No, silly - that's Pull Ups."
He laughed like it was a common mistake. Reminded me of that scene in "Dumb and Dumber," when Jim Carrey thought Samsonite was the name of the suitcase's owner. Man, I was WAY off!
Moving right along. The book went into wheels - you know, the best thing to come along since sliced bread? Well, if you attach a couple of wheels to an axle, you can make a cart! Who knew?
"I know what an axle is," Zuki said.
"You - you do...?" I asked skeptically.
"It's when you go-" Here he proceeded to inhale and exhale dramatically.
How he figures that wheels can be attached to breath is just too scary to think about.
Okay, last one. Wedge according to the Air Head Zuki: "It's when someone pulls your pants up and it goes "erk"(car break sound effect) in your butt."
"That's a wedgie - this is a wedge."
"Yeah, but it still goes up your butt, right?"
You know...I didn't even bother to answer that one.