The many mysteries of parenting —or— Dad moves in mysterious ways

Sunday, 13 September 2015

DAUGHTER

(Has been asked to go brush her teeth and get in bed with a book.)

I don’t know why I have to go to bed so early. I told everyone at school that I go to bed at 9:30 and they laughed at me and said they get to stay up till 11:00.

DAD

Oh… Are they reading five grades ahead? Are they doing math two grades ahead? Are any of them as good at math and reading as you are?

DAUGHTER

…No.

DAD

And these kids, they are all older than you are?

DAUGHTER

…Yes.

DAD

Well, that solves the mystery of why you go to bed at 9:30!

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