Friday, September 08, 2006

what did you just say?

"they are pretty smart for people who've never earned their college degree."

yes, that is what someone said to me the other day. i suppose for a moment this person (who has known me personally for no less than 2 years) had conveniently forgotten that i, too, do not have a degree...or maybe she didn't have a complete lack of recall and was making a thinly veiled value judgment.

that exchange made me feel almost as good as the person who had the cajones to say to kelly, "i didn't know poor people could be smart."

at those moments i wish i was more eloquent and able to retort with something so clever and spot-on that the other person was left reeling from my insight into their soul.

perhaps i could...if only i wasn't so poverty-stricken and uneducated.

4 comments:

nancy said...

I have often stated that having a degree does not give you any common sense. It appears to be proven daily

Becky said...

well, working in an academic setting puts me in contact daily with many, many degreed folks who don't have a lick of common sense- oh sure, they can tell you about this hypothesis and that law, but at the end of the day when it comes to the things that really matter, like making a difference in the life of another person or having good bedside manner- well, like i said- working in an academic setting, i come in contact with a lot of folks who have a jumble of letters after their names and a tony zip code...

Becky said...

and the other thing is- would that be sort of like the "college degree" that that walmart whatsername laurie girl "earned" by paying off her roomate to do all of the work for her? would it be that kind of intelligence that this person was speaking of?
and another thing- how come that gin and tonic gal has 59 comments per entry and all she is doing is yammering on and you are actually writing beautifully and posing valid questions and you only get one? is that the phenomenon we have in this country where people can name all the occupations of the village people but do not know the branches of government or cannot recognize or identify say Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld in a photograph?

Jane said...

It seems to me, you've already come up with the perfect thing to say:
"at those moments i wish i was more eloquent and able to retort with something so clever and spot-on that (you) are left reeling from my insight into (your) soul.

perhaps i could...if only i wasn't so poverty-stricken and uneducated."

p.s. I heart Culver's.