03.24.2010 02:32 AM

On this morning’s drive

Driving my youngest and oldest to school.

Youngest: “Daddy, can I get the new Nerf gun?”

Me: “Maybe. What’s new about it, buddy?”

Him: “Daddy. [Sober voice.] It has a flashlight on it. It’s not just an ordinary Nerf gun.”

[Suppressed laughter by me and daughter. He pauses.]

Him: “Daddy.”

Me: “Yes, buddy?”

Him: “Can I be home schooled?”

[More suppressed laughter.]

Me: “Hmmm. How would that work, buddy?”

Him: “I could just stay home and watch lots of educational TV.”

Me: “Well, that’s an interesting idea. We’ll have to think about that, buddy.”


  1. James Bowie says:

    It may sound funny, but with the amount of Google and YouTube in the classroom today home schooling could soon closely resemble formal schooling.

  2. Brent Sienna says:

    Oh buy him the Nerf gun. Think of all the fun you can have with it when he is in bed sleeping. Besides it has a flashlight on it for heaven’s sake…. a flashlight! No ordinary nerf gun has that! Actually, tell him to write an essay for you on why you should buy it for him, if the lad can sell you on it I think he earns it.

  3. billg says:

    Ha..!! Genuis..!! Ask to be home schooled and a nerf gun knowing full well being home schooled is out of the question so…………when’s he getting the new nerf gun??

  4. Walkswithcoffee says:

    the son of a lawyer, for sure 🙂

  5. billg says:

    Nah…I just think like a kid…makes the day go by a lot easier.

  6. sj says:

    I have always thought there was connection between the homeschoolers and the anti-gun control folks. But the Nerf crowd that’s new.

  7. Sandra says:

    Looks like a good candidate for a Liberal politician – and I mean that as a good thing.

  8. matt says:

    If it’s the Nerf dart gun (shoots 10 foam darts) that has the “laser” (i.e., flashlight) sight, the thing is fantastic.

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