My name is Jonene Ficklin, and I'm a full-time wife, mom, writer, and professional artist. I've been
drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I use colored pencils, oil paints, and watercolors. I love what I do!
“Okay, smarty pants, what is Arteriosclerotic heart disease?” (me, mispronouncing it)
(daughter, really giggling) “What?”
(husband) “Can I see that list?”
And then it got even more interesting. Her vocabulary words, which have to be spelled correctly go something like this: phlebitis, vasospasm, intraventricular and coronary (which I would be having if I had three tests tomorrow).
We moved on to gentler subjects like U.S. History and I remembered how much I forgot.
(my daughter) “Hey Mom, do you know what year the Boston Tea Party was?”
(me) “Yeah, 1773.” (I just barely saw her notes before she asked.)
(daughter, impressed) “Hey, not bad. So what are our three basic rights?”
(me) “Uuuuuuh, religious freedom, right to bear arms, uh . . .”
(daughter) “Life, Liberty, Property.”
(me, hitting my forehead) “I knew that once.”
I know when to run. I leave my awesome husband with my smart daughter and go help my younger son with something more up my alley: 6th grade geography. This month’s assignment is to memorize the continents and major islands of the world. I grab the map and sit back, smiling. I think I can handle this. But then, my eyebrows shoot up somewhere near Pluto. My son needs to learn 22 islands.
I have a question for you. Do you know where Celebes or Baffin Islands are? Really? Okay, I can understand memorizing Australia, Greenland and Antarctica, and even two of the islands of Japan (Hokkaido and Honshu), but this is really impressive. I’m now learning (or re-learning – but I’m not sure if I did the first time) where Luzon and Ellesmere Island are.
If you know, just skip this paragraph, but if, like me, it’s driving you crazy, here’s where you’ll find them:
Celebes: Indonesia – above Australia, on the west side
Baffin Island: above Canada, on its east side
Luzon: Phillipines – just south and east of China
Ellesmere Island: above Canada, just above Baffin Island
Just like my daughter, my son has them down after a few tries. It must be lovely to have fresh, uncluttered minds.
I sigh and sit back, thinking to myself, So here I am, getting a free education. Again. I feel kind of smart. Now if I can just remember where I left the car keys . . .