- Once a student discovers a live, loose mouse in the classroom and girls scramble on top of their desks while boys crowd into a corner hoping to find and stomp the rodent, not much learning will occur during the remainder of the class period. (perhaps there's an equation for this. Like, Productivity = Focus divided by screams minus general excitement)
- My kids still won't eat (try) sauerkraut. Not even the boy. Not even when I told him it would give him a leg up on next year's German class.
- It's possible to fall asleep sitting upright, watching a favorite laugh-out-loud show, with the fam hooting and giggling all around.