|#12 Claudia and the New Girl; Part Three
||[Nov. 17th, 2011|10:32 am]
Baby-sitters Club Snark-fest!
At last. The final part of this riveting book about friendships torn asunder.
As a reminder, Here's part one. Here's part two.
Claudia is babysitting the Rodowsky boys again. The chapter starts out with Jackie saying "Whoops." Claudia's analogy: Jackie is to 'Whoops' as Claudia is to 'What'? That seems apt. And finally Jackie gets a little love from one of the girls. Claudia says "There's something about Jackie's freckles and his shock of red hair and his great big grin with one tooth missing that always makes me want to grin too." I know what she means. Kids are just lucky they're cute sometimes.
So what was the whoops about? Jackie, Shea and Archie decided to try to vacuum up their socks while Claudia was doing the snack dishes. At least it wasn't just Jackie. Claudia says "Shea, really. You're the oldest." Then admits that she knows it doesn't mean a thing. I totally know where you're coming from. A daily conversation in my house goes like this.
Five year old does something idiotic, as five year old's generally do.
Me: Grady. Honestly. You're five now.
Grady: (looks at me like I'm the idiot) I know.
Me: I guess that wasn't a very good point.
So I get where she's coming from. Claudia manages to get the socks out of the vacuum hose using a pair of kitchen tongs (which is actually fairly smart.) Then the boys want to play Red Light, Green Light. As they run out of the house, Ashley is on their front porch, about to knock on the door. We never really get why Ashley was coming over, because she immediately starts harping on Claudia for doing something 'useless' like babysitting.
Claudia gets angry at Ashley and stands up to her and says that it's not useless, that she likes babysitting. And Ashley gets huffy that Claudia isn't giving her proper thanks for teaching her about sculpting. Then Claudia's like 'Whatever, bitch. I thought you wanted to be friends. You don't put conditions on friendship. And you can't control me.'
All of this is well and good, but she doesn't make the connection that that's what the BSC are doing as well. But, then, we've already established that Claudia isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. She actually comes to the realization that she hasn't been a very good friend to the BSC. Which...what? No thoughts whatsoever that they haven't been good friends to her? Honestly, the only thing Claudia has done wrong here is that one time she told Stacey she was going to the library then went to Ashley's instead.
But, because of the special kool-aid, Claudia is convinced that she is the one in the wrong and wants to make it up to the BSC. Oh, and as a special kind of fuck you to Ashley, Claudia wants to sculpt Jackie.
Claudia heads back to the Rodowskys to sketch Jackie and is surprised to see Mary Anne there babysitting. Jackie's the only kid there today. Jackie is super-adorable when Claudia asks him if she can sketch then sculpt him and asks "will it hurt?" Oh, Jackie. Never change.
Then Mary Anne asks if Ashley is Claudia's best friend, and Claud is all "Absolutely not." And Jackie asks if Claudia got in a fight with 'that girl who wears the long dresses.' Then he adorably talks about how his parents say you're supposed to talk things out when you are mad at someone. But usually you just end up mad all over again.
The doorbell rings, and who could it be? Ashley, who spied Claudia's bike outside the Rodowskys and came over to admonish her for wasting her time babysitting. Now, see here Ashley. I was kind of on your side before. But not anymore. Right now you are just as bad as the other twats in the BSC who think they can control Claudia. Then Ashley gets really hugely pissed that Claudia is sculpting Jackie. Claudia is like "I'm starting my sculpture, that should make you happy." And Ashley goes "Not if you're sculpting him," and points at Jackie. Ugh, manners Ashley. Claudia basically tells Ashley to GTFO and Ashley tells Claudia she's ruining her career. Right. Her career. Because she's THIRTEEN and sculpting something Ashley doesn't like for a small-town art contest will certainly forever taint her career.
At this point, I feel like Ashley is too closed-minded to be an arteest. But what do I know? I've haven't taken art since middle school.
Mary Anne asks if Claudia is going to come to the meeting. And Claudia says not today, because she really does have to hit the library. Also, she isn't sure she'd be welcome, even though it's in her own room. Just....fuck Claudia. That spine you just grew standing up to Ashley? Where'd it go? Come back spine.
Claudia has lots to do. So she makes a bunch of lists. And here are these lists, verbatim.
List of Lists of Things to Do
Things to Do: Freinds
1. Call Ashley - try to explian
2. Call Stacey - apologise
3. Call Kristy - apologise. Tell her will try to be at
nect next meeting.
School Work to Do:
1. Ask Mrs. Hall if I can take speling test agian.
2. Go to the library again!!! Work on projext abot War of 1812.
3. Finish The 21 Balloons.
4. Start A Wrinkel in Time
Things to Do: Scupture Show
1. Think very carfuly aboat (<--what is she, Canadian?) how much time I need for new sclupture
2. Talk to Mrs. Bear?
3. Talk to Mom an Dad?
Don't fucking tell me she doesn't have a learning disability!
Then she calls Ashley and tries to explain that a lot of things are important to her and she can't spend all her time on sculpting. Ashley is all "I see," Then hangs up on her. Bitch. Claudia is upset at first, but realizes she didn't lose a real friend. Because only real friends are in the BSC, amirite? The best friends you'll ever have, indeed!
Then she calls Stacey, who is nice about it and accepts Claudia's apology. But she never apologizes for the shitty notes or acting so possessive of Claudia. And why doesn't Claudia see this? Then she calls Kristy who, oh my god, is such a bitch I want to strangle her. Claudia says she'll be at the next meeting, and Kristy's all "Great," really short. And Claudia is like, "no, really. I'll be there." "Fine." "Really, I'll call Dawn and tell her she can go back to being alternate officer." "Fine." And for whatever reason that doesn't make Claudia rethink the whole BSC thing.
So Claudia goes on to working on her other lists. She decides to work on the sculpture for class, but not enter the contest. Her art teacher respects that decision. Then she tells her parents, who are delighted that Claudia is putting school before art. Because those crazy Kishi parents "have this thing about school. They think it's very, very, VERY important." Oh poor Claudia, you have parents who care about your education and want you to be successful. Poor thing, that must suck. I mean, wouldn't it be better if they just let you drop out and go through life as a semi-literate street artist?
Claudia still isn't eating lunch with the club. But fear not, she isn't cheating on them with Ashley anymore, she is getting help on school work in the resource room. She'll make the special education teachers earn their money.
Then after school, she goes to tell Jackie that she doesn't have time to sculpt him for the art show. He is fairly upset, but she explains about how it takes a long time. She still wants to sculpt him though, but she can't enter it. Then I tear up because Jackie gives her a hug and tells her he loves her. Seriously, isn't that worth all the accidents?
Ugh....then Claudia makes it to the meeting and apologizes to her "friends" in the BSC. Yes, that's right. Claudia apologizes for meeting someone outside the group and having an interest that took her away from babysitting for a few weeks. In case you missed that, let me repeat it, with proper emphasis added. CLAUDIA apologized to THEM for the high crime of meeting someone outside the group and then taking a mere few weeks off babysitting to work on something that is really fucking important to her. This is just.....just.....I have no words it's so awful. Does any one of those bitches apologize to her? No they do not.
Then she explains to them about how Ashley was so good at art and she was flattered when Ashley wanted to be her friend. So she got carried away. But Ashley wasn't a true friend, Claudia explains. Because the BSC would all still be friends, even if they weren't all into babysitting. Which just proves how much of a moron Claudia is. Like she didn't even pay a bit of attention to the last several weeks. Would they still be your friend if you didn't like babysitting, Claudia? Would they?
It's the day of the art show. But, Claudia doesn't have a piece in the show, right? Wrong. She got a call from her teacher that she entered Claudia's sculpture of Jackie as a work-in-progress. Without Claudia's permission. And because we learned today what a doormat Claudia is, she's fine with it. So her parents and supportive!Janine, and the BSC all head to the opening of the art gallery. Claudia is so nervous, Kristy tells her to calm down before she gives herself apoplexy. Right, Kristy said that and not Janine. Also Mary Anne brought her dad with her AND MY UNREASONABLE LOVE OF RICHIE SPIER GROWS!
Ashley won the first prize ribbon for her hydrant, which Claudia sees she really was able to bring to life. Claudia discovers she won an honorable mention, and the judges told her teacher it would have won first if it had been completed.
Then the next day at school Ashley decides to sit and have lunch with the BSC for some reason.