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June 02, 2006

My Kid Has More Writing Awards Than Me

Her second consecutive Creative Writing Award at the school's end of the year awards ceremony. Yeah, I'm happy. Of course, this means my kid has two more writing awards than I do. I hope to correct this sometime in the reasonably near future, but in the meantime there are far worse fates for a parent to face.

Posted by john at June 2, 2006 04:23 PM

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KafkaesquĆ­ | June 2, 2006 04:50 PM

Sorry John. But this should help get you started in your little race with your daughter:

Important Award

John Scalzi | June 2, 2006 04:57 PM

I'm speechless.

Harry Connolly | June 2, 2006 05:06 PM

With this post you've won the "Best photo of an unsecured child taken from the drivers seat of a moving car" award. Where should I send the plaque?

Bill Marcy | June 2, 2006 05:07 PM

I betcha you have a speech all prepared, speechless, yeah, right.

John Scalzi | June 2, 2006 05:08 PM

Well, Harry, first, she has the seatbelt on (she doesn't have the shoulder belt on for the purposes of the photo), and second, we're not moving in the picture -- we're in the queue at the school, waiting to get out. Once we started moving, she was sufficiently belted, I assure you.

Cassie | June 2, 2006 05:59 PM

How could a child with the incredibly creative name of Athena Scalzi not win an award for creativity?

Brava, Miss Scalzi!

Ron | June 2, 2006 06:05 PM

And, apparently, she also has UES! Which is funny, because I was just in the Upper East Side, and though it was national-landmark-free as always, it did not have her fingerprints all over it!

Oh, wait, I bet her shirt says "I HAVE [THE BL]UES." Which is ironic, on account of how happy she looks! *grin*

Harry Connolly | June 2, 2006 06:14 PM

It was a joke.

John Scalzi | June 2, 2006 06:40 PM

I suspected it might be, Harry. But you never can tell, so I wanted to assure you I was not putting her safety at risk.

Harry Connolly | June 2, 2006 08:08 PM

Of course. I should have realized.

The trees out the window were perfectly in focus, so I thought it was pretty clear the car was not moving. Plus the whole we-know-you-have-common-sense thing.

Ah well. It's not the first time I've needed a second draft for something I wrote.

Ann | June 2, 2006 08:16 PM

Hooray for Athena!! :)

Oliver Dale | June 2, 2006 10:55 PM

Now I am curious what her shirt says. I suspect it isn't "I have the Blues" because that would seem to be off-centered. God, what did I ever do with all my time before the internet?

Joe Hass | June 2, 2006 11:28 PM

My T-shirt guess: "I HAVE ISSUES."

If I'm correct: Geez, John, my parents didn't let me advertise how nuts I was until I was at least 12. What's the deal?

(Or, as I sometimes say to coworkers, "I could open my own magazine rack," and then watch them scrunch up their faces figuring it out.")

Branko Collin | June 3, 2006 08:52 AM

My T-Shirt guess: I have clues.

Jeff | June 3, 2006 10:42 AM

Someday, that photo will come in real handy when she wins her first rocket ship trophy. :-)

Lisa | June 3, 2006 02:22 PM

"I have values???"

Michele | June 4, 2006 01:01 AM

BTW, I recently read OMW, and am hoping you soon catch up to your daughter on the award front.;-) That was a totally awesome book.

John Scalzi | June 4, 2006 01:31 AM

Thanks, Michele.

Simon | June 5, 2006 11:12 AM

Re "unsecured child" - also, the photo appears to be taken from the driver's seat, looking backwards. So one bloody well hopes the car was parked at the time.

Teach her to sit like that only when there's nobody on either side. Having one's sitting space invaded by one's neighbor's knees can be really annoying.

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