Here is a strange note that I received from a parent of a 16-year-old student [names changed to protect, etc., etc.]:
Mr. Davidson —
Jimmy had trouble with the math project and would like to email you as soon as possible.
Note that Jimmy is 16 years old, not 10. What’s the purpose of this meta-communication? Why didn’t Jimmy speak for himself? And if he would like to email me, why didn’t he just do so? Inquiring minds want to know.