Hank: I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT TOMORROW.
Me: (internally panicked that I have forgotten something) Tomorrow? What’s so exciting about tomorrow?
Hank: (slack jawed eye-roll) Duh, mom, my Amazon-Spain order arrives.
Me: (relieved) OH, also be kind.
Hank: Sorry, my excitement made me sassy.
Me: I have a deep, abiding love for all things stationary and school supplies, but I feel you have surpassed even me when it comes to such things.
Hank: I know I am weird, but I am so excited about my new Japanese pencil case, pens and especially the mild-lighters.
Me: Which are like high-lighters…
Hank: But mild.
Me: Meaning not day-glow and blinding.
Me: Those do sound exciting, but what I find even more thrilling is your attention to studying and raising your grades at school.
Hank: I love revision!
Me: I love that you say revision instead of studying like a proper British pre-school kid.
Hank: That is how my English teacher says it.
Me: Well, she is training y’all for the Cambridge Exam so bravo, pip-pip and tallyho!
Hank: I really love doing well in school and feeling prepared in class and I don’t even miss all the video games I used to play all day long! Now, it is like they are more special because I only really play them on weekends, accept for Animal Crossing.
Me: You waited three years for Animal Crossing-New Leaf I would hope it still holds your attention.
Hank: It is the cutest and my favorite game and perfect for 15 minute study breaks.
Me: Buddy, I will invest in your passions as long as you show me a return on my investments. In the immortal words of your father, “Talent needs supplies.”
Hank: Good revision is a talent! It isn’t easy until it becomes easy.
Me: Until it becomes routine.
Hank: Yes! And now I can’t imagine not revising every day. It’s like you said, “5-9th grade are the foundation.”
Me: And you can’t build a house on a shaky foundation and expect it to last.
Hank: (sigh) When I come home tomorrow it is going to be the best day ever. I even know exactly the spread I am going to make in my bullet journal first!
Me: You do you, pal, you do you and be happy.
Hank: (practically skipping out of the room) I AM SO HAPPY!