One of my beginners placed in the top band at school for next year, so of course, I offered congratulations...
KID: How did you know I got in Honors Band?
ME: They gave me a piece of paper saying so.
(brief pause) I was going to say "Because I'm smart like that," but I didn't know if you'd believe me.
KID: I don't think I would.
ME: Wow. No money *and* insults. I see how this is...
(Regarding the "no money" part: This was a kid who also forgot to pay
me for the third week in a row. This weeks's excuse: "My parents are