Joe asked his parents what they thought of his Sociology project and his dad said that he didn’t have any clue what Sociology was and he felt that this college that was costing him so much money should be teaching more useful subjects. Joe said, “Dad Sociology is the scientific study of social interactions between groups of people and their cultures, customs, practices and this subject is supposed to prepare me for a lifetime of change by developing my appreciation of diversity, love of learning, writing and study skills, while increasing my knowledge base about human behavior, social organization, culture, and social change.” Joe’s mom said, “Honey, please show us your project.”
Joe said, “My professor gave everyone an assignment to do a research project and we had to pick between three different topics. The first topic is about the escalated encounters between Black Men and White Police Officers and the Black Lives matter movement and me being white and living here in suburbia, I don’t know much about this, so I nixed this one. The second choice was to do a three generational analysis of my family where I would find out all about my brothers and sisters, my parents and my grandparents. I had to pass on this topic also, because I am the only child, you guys are always so busy and all of my grandparents are dead. The topic that I chose was a neighborhood analysis and I drew this picture to represent the different types of families that live on our block.”
Joe continued, “I know that it is rather simple with the paper cutouts of people and houses but it shows how the people in this neighborhood are situated and how their families are structured. I broke this down into four houses, with one house showing a married couple that does not have any children, a house with children and two more houses, where the parents are divorced and the child splits their time living between the two houses. Pretty brilliant if I say so myself.”
Joe’s father spoke and said, “What about the families that have pets, how will you account for them? Joe said, “Mom please tell dad to stop busting my balls.”
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #58.