Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be privileged little shits.

Every time I have an interesting political post, I follow it up with crap. In that hallowed tradition, I present to you two conversations that I have had with 13-year old students.


Privileged Little Shit: If you don’t go to a good college, you can’t get a good job, right?

Me: Well, the important thing is to work hard. Someone with top grades from a so-so school will look better to employers than someone with so-so grades from a top school.

PLS: I guess you’re right. My uncle went to [so-so school], but now he’s a big movie producer – he produced [1980’s horror film]. He has a huge house. He’s really, really rich.

Me: Huh. Anyway, you have a few years before you need to worry about job-hunting.

PLS: I’m not worried about it. I’m makin’ my money.

Me: Aha. Well. So, back to the book –

PLS: I made eleven thousand dollars at my bar mitzvah.


Mom had a fully-catered party the night before. Trays of fancy leftovers cover the kitchen. She can’t fit them all in the fridge, and presses some on me. “I’m just going to throw them out, otherwise,” she says.

Later, I’m chastising her PLS for not having done his homework. “The tutoring isn’t really going to help if you’re not doing your share.”

He glares at me. “You know, we give you food.”


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    miss kendra said,

    punch their little necks.

    those jerks.

  2. 2

    Anree said,

    I work in a community where a lot of people would be over the moon to have 1/10th of what that PLS has…..which is why attitudes like this tee me off.

  3. 3

    nora said,

    You should make community service to those less fortunate part of the tutoring. He might not get a clue but at least there’d be some justice in it.

  4. 4

    Hyphen said,


    How did you NOT turn into a big scary monster and bite their little heads off?

  5. 5

    Hyphen said,


    How did you NOT turn into a big scary monster and bite their little heads off?

  6. 6

    Annika said,

    Hmmm. Maybe your rate should increase – say, eleven thousand dollars a session? After all, that is apparently a reasonable haul for a single day.

  7. 7

    Annika said,

    Of course, it is conceivable that I’m just bitter because that would pay off our entire credit card debt with a little bit left over. I’ll be the one with my head in the oven.

  8. 8

    Cheryl said,

    ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!! Oh my glory. That is a disgrace. I am sorry, I don’t think it is right to give a 13 year old that much money, under ANY circumstances. What an attitude the kid already has and what an attitude they will have in adulthood. Someone here spent $10,000.00 for fireworks for their daughter’s graduation party –FIREWORKS!!! That $10,000 could have fed 5434 people thanksgiving dinner at the LIGHT OF LIFE MISSION.

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