My oldest has been distraught lately over her first C on a significant exam, and we’ve been discussing daily whether getting all A’s is the most important thing in the world. She seems to think I enjoy watching her get bad grades because it shows that she’s finally working hard enough, but she feels that if those bad grades cause her to not get into college then what’s the point.
“If I FAIL….” she starts.
“We fail?” I interjected, predictably. “Screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll…not….fail!”
Blank stare. Open mouthed, speechless daughter.
“Lady Macbeth,” I explain.
“That’s not what I thought you were going to say,” she countered.
“Also Beauty and the Beast,” I said. “Gaston.”
“That’s what I thought you were going to say.”