Andre: Mom, I can't believe I got stuck with Matt as my lab partner in school.
Josephine: Matt? Do I know Matt?
Andre: He lives down the street. He's Mr. and Mrs. Kemp's son. He's a total airhead.
Josephine: Oh, I remember him. He was at your birthday party.
Andre: Yeah, when I was nine years old! That guy is so dense!
Josephine: Matt was always considered a gifted child. He seemed bright and perceptive, and his parents thought he'd go far.
Andre: If you ask me, he's not all there. Every time I look over at him in class, he's staring off into space. He doesn't seem like the kind who's very quick on the uptake.
Josephine: You know, some very smart people can seem spacey to the rest of us. Maybe he's just thinking when he stares off into space.
Andre: Maybe. All I know is that my science grade is riding on how we do in the lab, so I hope he shapes up.
Josephine: I'm sure he will. And even if he doesn't, you're clever enough to still do well in the class.
Andre: Thanks, Mom, but I wouldn't bet on it!