difficult child came home from school yesterday and asked if he could talk to me. That usually isn't a good sign, so I put aside what I was doing and asked him what was up. He said that his culinary teacher, Miss E, was telling the class about a cooking competition and that he told her that he was thinking about entering, but he needed to talk to his mom first. What did I think? I acknowledged that something like this is way out of his comfort zone, but that I thought it would be a good experience for him. I also told him that I'm sure that if he entered Miss E would want to work with him (and any of the other students who choose to enter) outside of class, which would probably mean staying after school and working on what he was going to do. He said that he asked Miss E for more information about it, and she said that there would be an information meeting, but she was not sure when it would be yet. Then he said to me, "Well, just because I'm asking about it doesn't mean I'm going to do it, and if I decide not to you better not try to talk me into it!" While I would like to see him do this and expand his horizons a bit, I'm not going to get my hopes up.