Is That What They Do Up Here In Virginia Schools?

File Under “Did We Really Just Have This Conversation?”

At the dinner table tonight…

ANDREW: “Today we learned that the elbow has hardly any nerve endings, so it’s not sensitive at all. Like you could be standing there and somebody could sneak up and lick you on the elbow and you might not even feel it.”

ME: “What the Crap! Why would somebody want to lick your elbow? Why wouldn’t they tap your elbow or flick it?” 

ANDREW: “I don’t know! It was just the example the teacher used. I think it was a scientific study or something.”

ME: “Seriously?

ANDREW: “Well, maybe…..Or not….. I don’t really remember.”

JAMES: “Do they do that sort of thing up here in Virginia schools? Is that how girls flirt nowadays? They sneak up and lick your elbow?”

ME: “How would you know they were flirting if you couldn’t even feel it? Seems sort of pointless to me.”

JACK: “I’m gonna try it tomorrow.”

ME: “Well that’ll be interesting to explain to the principal. ‘My son’s really into science and was testing out nerve endings. He’s uh…gifted.'”


I couldn’t find any family dinner photos, but here’s one of Andrew and Jack and a monitor lizard. That’s close enough.

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That might be me in the box.

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6 Responses to Is That What They Do Up Here In Virginia Schools?

  1. Carolann says:

    LOL never thought about that before. The things they are teaching these days…yikes!


  2. angelaweight says:

    Funny! It’s one of those great and useless trivia items.


  3. Wow, I love your humor! I just tried to buy your book, but couldn’t sign in to Amazon. This happened once before with another book. I’ve got Windows 8.1 and it crashes and fills up with bugs despite running Kaspersky and SpyHunter. Never fear, I’ll fix this mess and buy your book. It sounds hilarious and insightful.

    Great writing!


  4. angelaweight says:

    Awww, thank you so much, Talmage! You just made my day. Can’t wait to check out your blog as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I finally got logged onto Amazon, bought your book and read the chapter about Lava Java and the embalming cook-off world of sensitive art. What a hoot! Having been a pathologist, I’ve met a few morticians. They all seemed more normal than the average person I’ve met in a coffee shop. They were among the few people in my career who treated a pathologist with respect. Even though they had no idea what the a pathologist does for a living. Anyway, that was then. Now I’m going to be a writer. Keep up your incredible writing. Wish I could do humor half a well as you.


  6. angelaweight says:

    Thank you so much, Talmage. I really, really appreciate that. I guess as a pathologist, you’ve got a few mental filing cabinets worth of interesting stories yourself. Morticians are an odd lot. Until meeting Julius (or whatever I called him in the story) I didn’t know there were people who did it as a hobby. It takes all kinds…

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