Forgot to mention: over the weekend, I spied a “Save Ferris” bumper sticker on an old Subaru on the street in the uppity town next to ours where the Busy-Lazy boys like to get fro-yo.
The boy asked me, “What does ‘Save Ferris’ mean?” I said, It’s a line from a movie that was popular when I was a kid. The boy said, “What’s a Ferris?” I said, Ferris was a boy in the movie who decided to skip school one day and everyone thought it was because he was sick, so people wanted to save him. The boy said, “He skipped school!?!” I said, Yes. And the boy said, “And he got in trouble, right?” I said, No, not really.
Then the boy said, “How did he skip school and not get in trouble?” I said, It was easier back then. And the boy said, “If I skipped school, I would get in trouble.” I said, Please keep thinking that until you’re finished with graduate school. The boy said, “What’s graduate school?” I said, It’s what you need to finish before you can skip school. The boy said, “OK, dad.”