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Does Elbow Licking Count as Spending Time Wisely?

How does one spend time wisely?

Have you ever watched the person in front of you pull out his time ledger, cut a check for 60 minutes, hand it to the cashier at Wal-Mart, and say, “Yeah, this hour in the 20-items-or-less line was worth it. I spent this hour wisely.

As adults, do we confuse a responsible use of time with a wise use of time?

And who determines what is a wise use of time, anyway?

Eight-year-old MM’s teacher, that’s who.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I was not folowing the dreckins the first time or spending my time wisely becauz I was licking my elbow (with a friend – during a lesson at the carpet.)

From, MM

Sure, lessons at the carpet are a big deal, we all get that, but the ability to lick one’s elbow is an achievement that should be celebrated and shared, plus MM was building a sense of camaraderie with a classmate.

Sort of sounds like Facebook, which I’m sure we can all agree is spending time wisely.


Thanks to Jennifer for sharing this note she found in MM’s backpack via Tweetpic. You can read more about her life with  MM and his twin sister at And check her out on Twitter: @nuckingfutsmama.