A first grade teacher explains to her class that she is a Montana State Bobcat. She asks her students to raise their hands if they were Bobcats too. No one really knowing what a Montana State Bobcat was but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks.
There is, however, one exception. A young girl named Kristen has not gone along with the other students. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.
“Because I’m not a Bobcat.”
“Then,” asks the teacher, “what are you?”
“I’m a proud University of Montana Grizzly,” boasts the little girl.
The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Kristen why she is a rebel. “Well, my mom and dad are Grizzlies, so I’m a Grizzly, too.”
The teacher is now angry. “That’s no reason,” she says loudly. “What if your mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then?”
A pause, and a smile. “Then,” says Kristen, “I’d be a Bobcat.”