Yesterday, my nephew Max started the first grade. His entry into elementary school makes him the third generation of the family to attend the Denver Public Schools. My Dad and Uncle Pat went to Park Hill Elementary and East High (and some junior high in between). My sister, brother and I went to Moore Elementary, Morey Junior Jail and East High. We just have to make sure Max ends up going to East.
Reportedly Max was very eager to get some homework. He likes to get down to business. For a while he had an “office” in which he futzed around while my sister was at work in her home office. I decided he needed some “work” in his office so I put together a folder for him which I labeled “The Pinsky File” after that Seinfeld where George decides to pretend to have a job at a company and is handed the Pinsky File but has no idea what he is supposed to do with it. I filled Max’s Pinsky File with several sheets of paper littered with rows of numbers and letters. He promptly went to work sketching designs all over the papers and for a time he carried the Pinsky File with him everywhere.
I’m glad he’s eager for homework. It’s a good sign, I suppose. But I say, slow down El Tigre, there will be plenty of time for that. Let’s talk about recess.