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.