If you've read any of my wordy posts, you might remember that my 11-year-old step-son lives with us and our family has weathered a lot of relatively extreme parental-alienation issues, with his mom (my husband's ex-wife).Background tidbit #1
: DSS has a curious history of leaking things about his family situation, in spelling assignments where he has to create sentences based on the words. Like:
"My Mom resides
in California...My step-brothers are my favorite companions
Or, before the custody change:
"I am thankful
for my Mom...I am not friendly
to my Dad..."Background tidbit #2
: "Incomprehensible" is a favorite, oft-used word of DSS's Mom. As in:
"It's incomprehensible that you blocked my phone contact with (DSS) last night! (10:30 on a school night
) I know he's just devastated when he can't talk to me!"
Or, after DH picked up DSS from school for a court-ordered visit, which Mom had hoped to block with a note telling the principal not to let DH enter the building...:
"You intercepted (DSS) without my knowledge or consent! I had no idea where he was! It's incomprehensible that you would terrify me like that!"
So, I felt pretty queasy when DSS asked me to proof-read his spelling sentences the other night and he had written, "Sometimes my step-mom is incomprehensible
." I told him everything was spelled right, but that I had to admit that sentence hurt my feelings a bit. He turned wide eyes on me and said, "Why would that hurt your feelings!? I always tell my English teacher (who he loves, BTW
) that you're just like her! You use a lot of big words and you're a real perfectionist about spelling and grammar. So...sometimes that makes you incomprehensible