Wednesday, March 25, 2009


In my reporting of my children's activities, I have a bias for Child Three because I participate with him in his sports. Here's some news of the girls.

The Math League is an international organization that distributes math contest to schools and grades the responses. The elementary school that Children Two and Three attend usually does well in the Canadian National Math League results - but this year, the school is tops in the entire country and it's not even close.

Helping her school to victory, Child Two scored so well (37/40) that she tied for tenth in the nation. One of her best friends tied for first (39/40). You can see the scores and school rankings here.

Child One meanwhile, makes friends in odd places. While waiting for a lift home from a movie, she plopped her self down on Ste. Catherine to read her book. Apparently, the combination of her personal style and slight figure can prompt some concern. A well-meaning adult approached her and asked if she needed any food or other help. Child One said that she was fine, and the adult took her at her word, but left her with a small medallion of Mary. The slogan reads "O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee." It's a Catholic thing. As the punchline to my favourite vampire joke goes, "Dos vet nisht helfen."

Child One also makes friends on the bus. According to her, a college-aged guy took out a pen, scribbled on a business card, and handed it to her before getting off the bus. The college-aged guy's name is Kevin, he wrote to Child One "You look nice", and he included his phone number and e-mail address. I guess he has a thing for 14-year-olds in school uniforms. Oy.


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