I won't lie to you. My first reaction, when I saw that the U.S. Supreme Court history and the doorstopper of Constitutional interpretation had been pulled down from the shelves, was a little surge of maternal pride.
I was pretty sure the teenagers were using them as drink coasters. Or possibly dinner plates. And while I don't approve 100 percent of using books for this purpose, it's the kind of thing that would represent real progress in our house.
"Finally," I thought. "They're making an effort."
But, as it turns out, the eighth-grader has been using them to prepare for her role in the upcoming middle school production of Charley's Aunt, in which she plays a proper young English lady at Oxford in 1890.
In the late 19th century, apparently, young women wore legal tomes as hats. While watching television on the couch.