(scene opens in quiet Christmas dinning room, Carrot at table, opening some forgotten mail)
Me: (opens letter, reads frowns)
(Beta enters from kitchen)
Me: Beta? Are you familiar with the concept of the ‘Parent’s Curse’?
Beta: Is that where they swear at you really loud?
Me: No. Its when a kid’s parent looks at them dead in the eye and says “I hope you have one just like you.” so the kid will one day experience the hell you’re putting them through.
(Carrot passes letter over)
Beta: (reads aloud) Based on test scores, we recommend you take the following classes next year…. (looks up) AP English Literature?
Me: AP. Advanced placement. Based on your scores, you apparently rate for college classes.
Beta: But isn’t English the class I’m getting a D in?
Me: (throws up hands) AND THE CURSE HAS BEEN FULFILLED!
Beta: You got Ds in English?
Me: Math. I did pretty good in English, but was never invited to the AP club. My grades and scores were so mismatched that I was accused of cheating on my SATs. I’m a designated “Does Not Live up to Potential”.
Beta: Merry Christmas, mom.
Me: Merry Christmas, sweetie.