1. The mean popular people.
2. The nerdy* nice people.
3. The smart cool people.
4. The people who think they're popular but are really losers.
5. The funny people.
*smart, but uncool
Perhaps not surprisingly, I new exactly what each description meant. It was a refreshing change from "liberal" and "conservative."
I asked her which category fit her best. "Sometimes I'm a two or a three," she said, "but mostly I'm considered a five."
I asked which category she would assign to me. "You're a three and a five," she said without hesitation.
Then I asked her which category best fit her dad. "I hate to break this to you, Mom," she said, "but I think dad would mostly be a two."
Kid's got a point.
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Photo inserts: Erin O'Brien circa 1972 and husband Eric circa 1971.
Further reading: Archives chronicling the life and times of Erin O'Brien's husband, frequently referred to as "the Goat" in these pages.
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