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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Things They Say

The other night, Son looked curiously at me and asked, "Mama, why are you wearing your glasses?"

"Because my eyes were feeling very tired, so I had to take out my contacts," I replied. (I'd only slept about four hours the night before, and I was too exhausted to give the more detailed type of explanation he usually craves.)

"We-elll..." he paused. "But you look like Grandma." He nodded, pleased with his own assessment. "You look like a old old old old old old old old old OLD old OLD grandma."

I opened my mouth to reply, but before I could get any words out, he tilted his head to one side, looked fully into my face, and quickly reassessing, said, "Actually, you look like a NEW grandma."

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Just before bedtime, we will let Son watch a short something on television if it's otherwise been a no-TV day. We typically choose something from the OnDemand menu, since the episodes of shows like "Max and Ruby" are about 23 minutes long, and perfect for that little bit of winding down between dinner and the bedtime ritual. He knows we don't start movies at this time of day, since they are far too long.

He and I snuggled up on the couch a few nights ago, and I asked him what program he would like to watch.

His eyes sparkled as he pressed himself up against me. "How about Cheeto-Trax?" he asked. The "Cheeto-Trax" DVD came with the Geo-Trax set he got for Christmas. (Don't ask me to explain his pronunciation of Geo-Trax. He calls Cheetos, the food, CheetAHs, so there's no logic anywhere discernible.)

He loves this Geo-Trax short, which features the train he has. "That would be fine," I replied.

"But you know, technically," he said, drawing out the long word and savoring it on his tongue, "technically, Cheeto-Trax is a movie." He's right: even though it is short, it is not an episode of anything. Somehow, my Son has learned to appreciate technicalities.

Even if he doesn't always get the point about when to deploy them. Because while technically, I suppose I am old enough to be a grandma, I don't much appreciate being reminded of that fact when my oldest child is only four-and-a-half.

17 comments:

Auds at Barking Mad said...

I have to giggle at the old/new grandma thing. Imp asked me the other day, in her 2 1/2 year old wisdom if I was old? Where do they get this stuff?

And isn't it the BEST when they pick up a new word, especially something like "technically"? I get the biggest kick out of watching the imp play with the new words she hears and trying to pair them up with other words. Her current fav is "well, actually probably" I don't know where she gets this stuff!

I think it's awesome that your little one discerns between CHEETO and CHEETAH and amazingly funny. I can totally see why he thinks of Cheetos as Cheetah's! Must be that annoying organge cat on the bag, Chester.

Lisa said...

Ahhh....what do kids know?

I remember starting Kindergarten and thinking how OLD the 8th graders were.

bejewell said...

Old is just a state of mind. At least, that's what I tell myself every time I find a new gray or age spot.

Technically, huh? I think he's gonna be a smarty!!

Zoeyjane said...

So, just to clarify, is a New Grandma a compliment in the eyes of son? Cuz I certainly feel like one, sometimes, and I'm wondering if that's a good thing...

Cocoa said...

My 12 year old daughter's best friend's mother is older than my mom. They think that is absolutely hilarious! You know what though? She looks a lot younger than my mom does. I think motherhood keeps you looking and feeling young.

Kimmylyn said...

I am constantly shaking my head on where my almost four year old gets his material...looks like you are in the same boat I am .. :)

Suz Broughton said...

No matter what we try to do, we look old to our kids. No "cool" mom status is going to change that fact. We just are old to them. Their babysitter is "old" to them!
I sure it was meant as a compliment

houseofD said...

I can appreciate this. My "sons" are 21 years old. They aren't my real sons, but for whatever reason they call me Pa. Sometimes they remind me that on a TECHNICALITY I am indeed, i suppose, old enough to be their father... for real.
I do not appreciate this one bit.

Still loving your stories!

Insta-mom said...

Ugh...the Geo-Trax movie. We went through a phase where that was the ONLY thing MiniMe would watch. "The train movie, Mommy. The trains." Over and over and over and over...

Jaina said...

Haha, kids and their technicalities. My brothers are SO good at those...I'm not too bad myself.

Tara R. said...

My step-sister, same age as me, has twin grandbabies who will start kindergarten this fall. I need her around to help me feel younger. Hopefully my own grandmother days are a good many years down the road.

MultiplesMommy said...

Would you rather be an old mother or a new grandmother? I do love Son's brain! :-)

Erin said...

Well at least you got the "new" grandma status! Got to love the innocence in what kids say, no matter how "precious" it sounds LOL

Lipstick said...

I love that he said "technically"!! My son like to say "actually" and it cracks me up!

KD @ A Bit Squirrelly said...

When I do my hair, make-up and wear my contacts more then twice a week my kids get all tweaked out wondering who this starnge woman is. The older I get the younger being retired seems....

Mr Lady said...

Oh, sister, you're just screwed. The technicality kid is the devil of all children. I know (semicolon) I've got TWO of them.

lattemommy said...

Well, we did say a while back that our pop culture knowledge meant that we should be in our rockers on the porch...

 

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