On hard work.

[We are at the pool. P is alone in the change cubicle, and I am waiting for her on a bench. Her classmates were all absent and she had her instructor to herself, enabling her to swim well outside the usual scope of the class.]

Mum. I imagine I will do better on my report card than the others in my class simply because I worked this entire day while they weren’t here.

Well, the other kids have worked hard all session, too – the report card will be based on the entire 10 weeks.

Yessss, but wouldn’t you agree that my work today will be a contributing factor to my report?

Yes, yes it will, kiddo. [I try hard to not cry/laugh – it is not working.]

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