Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
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02/02/2005: ICK Factor Files:

For those of you without children…you might fail to grasp how often you “repeat grades.”

I’ve had 19 years of schooling (including my three years of law school) but additionally, I’ve been through grades K-5th three times each; 6th, 7th & 8th grades twice more each and now Freshmen year yet again…that is if you count all the times I’ve had to review homework, explain projects and proof read papers for my three children.

Sometimes it’s almost “fun” as when they get to do their “firsts” in some areas...like these I have from the ICK Factor Files:

5th grade Ick factors: My Daughter’s report about Dissecting a lumpy piece of stuff with her fingers…only to be told, “it’s and Owl Pellet.” “What’s that?” she inquired…"Oh...the stuff an Owl regurgitates that’s inedible and indigestible from it’s meal of field mice, voles, birds, frogs and such...." ICK. And the Smell!!! She thought she was going to throw up.

8th Grade Ick factors: First time reading Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” that’s been know to single-handed create permanent vegetarians by page 20. (Though my eldest daughter almost got there at four years old when she naively inquired what Mickie-D’s hamburgers were made of. Upon receiving the answer, she picked up the entire offending pattie between two dainty fingers and swinging it in the air, looked incredulously at me, remarking, “You mean…THIS…used to be a COW?”)

Freshman Ick Factors: (Well, let’s just say we won’t go there until I know you a Whole lot better!!!)

Karen on 02.02.05 @ 03:19 PM CST

February 2005

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