A Conversation With My Daughter

by Marinka on April 3, 2010

Scene: My in-laws’ house in North Carolina.

My 11 year old daughter is taking a break from the stress of playing MiniClip on the computer, and relaxing with some television.

Marinka: Have you done any reading at all this vacation?

TV watching daughter: What?

Marinka: Have you read your book at all this vacation?

TV watching daughter: What? No.

Marinka: If you don’t read, you will become a moron and not get into a good college.

TV watching daughter: When I’m on vacation, I don’t want to curl up with a book. I want to explore and learn new things.

Marinka: You’re watching Handy Manny.

TV watching daughter:

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

sarah April 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Ha! Yeah, that didn’t make any sense to me, either!


April 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm

What? Everyone knows that Handy Manny is the gateway to an Ivy League education. LOL.


April 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Training for a career in international relations, that child is clearly genius.


anna see April 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

well, i’m on vacation right now and i can’t seem to pull myself away from the laptop. you know i’m a genius and worthy of imitation, right?


Monster Dude April 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm

What about “young miss” and the “butterfly group”?????

Is Landrinka reading anything ever?


Allyson April 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Handy Manny is the gateway cartoon for more intellectually challenging shows like Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go. You shouldn’t stunt her intellectual curiousity by making her stop now.


vodkamom April 4, 2010 at 7:41 am

What are these things called books that you speak of?????????


Denise April 5, 2010 at 9:58 am



Sophie April 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

Sorry to tell you this, but even my 2-yr old has no patience for handy Manny. On the brighter side, my brother read nothing until he was 17, and he still became an engineer.


April 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I think Handy Manny might be preferrable to the reruns of Family Matters that my kids like to watch in the morning.

Please make it stop.


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