True conversation with the Middle Child, neither hyperbolized nor embellished:
Me- Ahh, too bad you're sick, tomorrow is the practice PSAT
MC- That's stupid. Why would I practice for the PSAT? It's not even something you're graded on. Sounds like a waste of time.
Me- No, it's good to practice, because you'll do better on it when you take it for real, and it'll help you on the SAT, which will help you get into a good college.
MC- Like Harvard?
Me- Yeah...I guess... but I don't really see you going to Harvard.
MC- (suddenly shrieking and crying! believe it or not! I'm not even kidding!) YOU'RE CALLING ME STUPID! YOU HAVE NO FAITH IN ME! YOU THINK I COULDN'T GET INTO HARVARD!!!!!!
Me- (taken aback, to say the least) Erm... Harvard is really expensive, for starters.
MC- (still at an unbelievable decibel level) YOU THINK I'M TOO STUPID TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP?!?!?!?!?!?
Me- (trying to regain my balance) Um... people who go to Ivy League schools typically are in one of two categories. Category A- Rich parents. Category B- Truly passionate about academics. Into which of these categories do you believe you fall?
MC- I'M TRYING TO BE IN THE SECOND ONE!!!!!!!! YOU CAN'T HOLD MY THREE WEEK PROGRESS REPORT AGAINST ME!!!! YOU DON'T KNOW ME AT ALL!!!!! (runs from the room, in hysterics)
Seriously? Have I mentioned that I homeschooled this child for 5 + years? Do I need to bring Ms. Kat up in here for a retelling of the nightmare that was Latin class? Seriously? Seriously.
I pulled up the cost of Harvard tuition online, but she gave me an injured glare and informed me she did not wish to discuss it further.