How parents always studied into the night and were geniuses in school
It is a fact that all parents tell their school-going children how they were geniuses in class and always came first and maxed their math and were on the dean’s list or its equivalent. And since children are trained from the day they are born to believe that mum and dad never lie the image of their pursuit of excellence is suitably ingrained and this gambit is used to intimidate the kids into doing homework, studying hard and not wasting time playing video games or chatting on social platforms.
The myth continues through the teen years and is re-strengthened through repetition till the parents themselves begin to believe their own deception including that blatant lie about studying into the night for the final exams.
Fathers are, by nature, bigger fibbers than mothers and tend to exaggerate that much more. The trick lies in having ensured that all evidence to the contrary is destroyed well before the children are born. Regrettably parents can be a trifle shortsighted in this matter and childhood school reports and grades are often retained in some trunk or cupboard and happily forgotten.
It comes to pass one day that wife decides to get rid of all the stuff we do not need because she has read in a book that if you haven’t used something for six months you can cheerfully get rid of it and also it is good Vaastu to open up the blockages.
The whole fam joins in and there is much nostalgia sloshing about as old snaps are pored over, childhood toys spotted, bric-a-brac laminated by a recall of their history. At one point your daughter picks up a dusty folder like my daughter did and says, hmmm what is this, migoodness it is your old school reports, what fun.
You try to snatch it back but she dances out of your reach. You said you used to come first, she says, this show your bringing up the rear, there is a whole army ahead of you. Wow, says the younger girl, show me, show me, what did he get in math, lookee lookee at this will you, dad got two red lines under math and physics, wonder what that means and here is another report that says you have to apply yourself more, naughty naughty, you didn’t apply yourself.
There is one here, says the older one, recommending you for special tuition, aww, poor guy, more studies after school, tchtch.
Everyone can have an off year, i say with asperity. But the cat is out of the bag. Thank goodness their studies are over and they have kids they can fib to.