My son got his first C in a report card. C for IB (HL) Physics. He was with me when I opened his report card. His first question to me was
“Are you disappointed Mom?”
I laughed hearing him ask me that. Why would I be disappointed when I got more Motta than anyone else I ever knew?
I told him ” Son, an alphabet in your report card doesn’t make me disappointed. Getting a C is not the end of the world, but I am a bit surprised as to what happened? that is all”
“Mom, I didn’t think Physics will be this hard” he replied.
IB itself is really hard and HL (Higher level) is the hardest level in IB and he has to take HL Maths, Physics and Chemistry. ( also known as the suicide trio) So I guess he is in for a lot of hard work.
Meanwhile Yaya got A for English, which she gets every single time. It was a bit surprising this time because she hasn’t read the books she is supposed to write the essay on. Instead she read Spark notes and wrote her essay based on that and still got A.
Initially I thought perhaps I should really tell her what she is doing is wrong.
But then I remembered walking to the bookshop near CMS college the day before my pre-degree exams started. I was looking to buy the Azizi guidebook and the Appachan wearing a soda kannadi climbed on top of the wooden chair, to grab the last copy he had that was on top of the shelf. He dusted the book with his palm and told me ” Kochey, the syllabus is changing next year, so don’t buy this book now” and I replied ” Appacha, this is for the exam tomorrow” I think it is nothing but miracle that he didn’t fall off the chair. I didn’t read/study the text book and only read the guide before my exam. So how can I tell my daughter to read her text book?
And so we collect A’s and B’s and C’s..some with hard work and some with no work !