Tuesday, November 14, 2006

      ( 7:00 AM ) teahouse

I just read with interest this article about how they're thinking of revamping the U.S. citizenship test.

It made me think of a funny story that my Dad loves to tell, about back when he and my Mom took their citizenship tests, in the early 90s.

He said that they both studied for it, and both went in feeling pretty good. Their English was pretty good, they'd lived in the U.S. for almost 20 years, and they were prepared. And people told them that it was a fair test; not too hard.

When they came out, he said my Mom seemed really depressed.

She was really quiet in the car on the way home.

Finally he asked her, "Do you think you did ok?" and she gave him a really sad look.

"I don't know!" she almost sobbed. I think I really messed up!"

They drove home in silence.

Suddenly, at an intersection right before they got home, she randomly yelled, "Delaware!!! That was it! I couldn't remember the 13th original colony! It was Delaware!"

Apparently she'd been able to list the other 12 original colonies.

It turned out that she got something like 99% on that test. Delaware was the only thing she missed.

My Dad loves telling that story.

And you wonder where I get my nerdliness from?



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