Family Time: My Daughter Is A Genius.

Of course, many geniuses become mad scientists…

A Living Room Conversation Between Father And Daughter

My 15-year-old:  Hey, Skippy?

Skippy (That’d be me.):  (Sighing.)  If you need money, you’ve picked the wrong summer.

Sarah:  No kidding! I have more money than you do this year – and I don’t even have a job! I have a question.

Me:  In that case, what can I do for you, kid?

Sarah:  The word “extraordinary”, what exactly does it mean?

Me:  Let’s put it this way, your mother never uses it when she speaks of me.

Sarah:  So it means above average?

Me:  Yep.

Sarah:  But when you break it down, it actually means “extra ordinary”. So shouldn’t it actually mean twice as ordinary?

Me:  (Pondering just where the kid’s genius sprang from.)  Well, when you put it that way… yes. But according to every teacher you’ll ever deal with… it doesn’t.

Sarah:  How do you like that? For once I didn’t have to leave the room to find Mom while you sat there with a strange look on your face. Good going, Skippy!

Me:  You do realize I’ll be mobile again someday, don’t you?

Sarah:  You don’t scare me, Skippy.

Me:  I know where you sleep and I stay up later, kid.

Sarah:  Good luck. By the way, I read your book again last night.

Me:  Oh yeah?

Sarah:  Yeah. It was extraordinary.

In that moment I realized how razor thin the line between pride and revulsion is…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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32 Responses to Family Time: My Daughter Is A Genius.

  1. I’m so happy to read a funny post 🙂

    Any harmonica report? Don’t tell me I should have sent a kazoo??

  2. REDdog says:

    Sorry Hook, she’s a fucking genius and your only consolation (ever) is going to have to be that you spawned her, I’m afraid. There is no other way to let you down easy Cobber…I’ve got 4 (that’s fucking of the bastards!) teenagers and they all know they’re smarter than me. Get better bro. REDdog

  3. That kid is quick on her feet, ain’t she?

    Skippy. 😀

  4. Sue Vincent says:

    They are all as bad, apparently… 🙂

  5. It sounds like you have and extraordinary kid!

  6. stephrogers says:

    Hahahaha! I LOVE your kid! She is all kinds of awesome.

  7. Wow….the apple doesn’t fall far…..she is awesome!

  8. Ned's Blog says:

    Sure, you’ll be mobile again some day, but I have a feeling she’ll always faster. Physically and mentally it would seem. But you still have the advantage of the frequent need for diaper changes as you get older.

  9. NEVER undermine the brain power of teenagers. NEVER. No matter how innocent. Hang in there, You’ll see signs one of these days…Maybe. Might depend on your family…just saying. 😮

  10. See…whenever you start getting down on yourself just take a gander at that exceptional young lady and repeat this in your head (or out loud whichever works for you), “I made that!”

  11. Keep that in your back pocket for when she sticks the knife in. Kids will occasionally do that, too. All you can hope for is a preponderance towards pride.

  12. Gotta love that kid…let the games begin
    Really like your first line and the last line. Nicely done.

  13. Great post, “Skippy.” Made me LOL. Sounds like you hit the jackpot with a fun wife and kid.

  14. 1jaded1 says:

    She is extra smart! And that word extraordinary has always bothered me.

  15. Sharn says:


    That word has always confuddled me too. I mean, who wants to be 2 doses of ordinary? And why does it mean something entirely different when put together?

    I can’t fault her on her logic.

  16. 'Tis says:

    Out of the mouths of babes… 🙂

  17. Ooooh, I do love a smart woman!

  18. Classic. She’s a smart one, that’s for sure.

  19. Looks like being extraordinary is genetic!

  20. mergellus says:

    That’s the real reason we have kids – they keep us firmly in our place no matter what.

  21. Jennifer says:

    Haha, your daughter is a genius. And she’s not the only one to be wondering about that wonderful wonderful word – extraordinary. Seems us oldies aren’t as good as we thought we were.

  22. I have mostly been away from the computer for awhile and it saddens me to return and find out that you’re all laid up after an accident!! I hope you start feeling better and gain more mobility soon! At least you have a genius daughter to entertain you during the recovery process, though!

  23. lensgirl53 says:

    Kids. Aren’t they cute?

  24. alexraphael says:

    The kind of logic that also works brilliantly in cartoons 🙂 She’s a star ha.

  25. jlheuer says:

    How much longer to you have to be Skippy? Hope the end is in sight.

    • The Hook says:

      There should be some news on the healing front this week. I hope luck is finally on my side; I’m going stir crazy and I miss earning greenbacks! The Hook needs some new comics!

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