The Cure For Boredom
by Rachel Creager Ireland
Rowan (age 8): I’m bored.
Me (age 45): My mom used to say, “Intelligent people never get bored.”
Ro: (rolling on floor) Well, I’m not intelligent and I don’t care.
Me: Or she would give me some chores to do.
Ro: But that’s boring!
Me: Well, if you’re going to be bored anyway, you might as well be getting some work done.
Ro: But that’s more boring!
Me: Why don’t you do some chores while you think about what you want to do?
Ro: No, I just thought of something.
And off she went.