Φ: “So, did you have a good time in public school today?
Φ: “What did you learn?”
Φ: “What Spanish words did you learn?
Γ2: “Um . . . I forget.”
Φ: “Well, at least we’re getting our money’s worth. Have you joined all the right cliques yet?
Mrs. Φ: [. . .]
Γ2: “What’s a click?”
Φ: “A clique is a type of alliance.”
Γ2: “Uhhhh . . . lyeee . . . “
Φ: “An alliance is a set of people that cooperate to prevent outsiders from doing mean things to them, and help each other do mean things to outsiders.”
Mrs. Φ: “Okay, stop it!”
Φ: “Why? What part did I get wrong?
Mrs. Φ: “Well . . . I’m not saying you got it wrong, but . . . you sound like you’re encouraging it.
Φ: “I shouldn’t encourage our daughter to have allies? You and I both know what public school is like without them!
Γ2: “I made friends! I have six friends now, and four of them are close friends.”
Φ: “Well, friends are all well and good, but allies are what’s important.”
Mrs. Φ: “Hey, listen, Mr. Asperger, I bet Γ2 will be way more successful at making friends than you ever were!”
Φ: “Quite probably! And she’ll be more successful at making allies, too, for that matter. I don’t have any practical advice to offer here, I just know the theory.”
Γ1: “How do you know theory?”
Φ: “I read stuff on the internet.”
UPDATE: For anyone having problems with the word verification, I turned it off for the time being. Let me know if you have any more problems.