Warning: The diet coke you are drinking may spew from your nose while reading this story.
Our daughter has recently been going through the testing for the Gifted and Talented program at her school. The whole “gifted and talented” thing is a subject that sort of rubs me the wrong way, but I’ll save that for another blog on another day. Anyhoo, last week she had the second of two days of testing. So I get this text from my neighbor whose daughter is also doing the testing:
Neighbor: I have to tell u about the gt testing…did ab tell u what she drew on the creativity part w 2 parallel lines?
(Right there, I’m very afraid. I haven’t gotten a call from the teacher, but I can think of a few things based on 2 parallel lines that might be very inappropriate.)
Me: NO…I’m scared!
Neighbor: A margarita!
Yes, you read right. My third grader drew a margarita on her gifted and talented test. How do you like that for creativity? Apparently my neighbor found out because the teacher walked by and said “Oh, a margarita!” and laughed. So of course my neighbor’s daughter goes home and tells her mom. Abigail didn’t think a thing about it. I asked her about it later, and she drew it for me.
It was in a tall, straight glass (hence the 2 parallel lines), on the rocks, with salt. (That’s actually her daddy’s margarita…mine is frozen with sangria, no salt, but I digress.) And a straw. Can’t forget the straw. And underneath she had written “a margarita drink”…because what kid in South Texas doesn’t know how to correctly spell “margarita”…it’s on a big neon sign at every Mexican restaurant in town!!
My husband and I have made a conscious choice that we want Abigail to see responsible adults drinking responsibly. This is not how either of us were raised, so we still have our doubts, especially when a MARGARITA shows up on a creativity test at school! But we’re sticking with it. Until she writes the definition for jigger on some creative writing test. Then we’ll have to draw the line.