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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fun ways to mess with your teens...

I am a big believer in the family dinner. We (all four of us) eat together every night. We are not formal about it, sometimes we eat at the table, sometimes we eat in the living room in front of the TV. Okay, we eat in the living room a LOT more than we do at the table. Now before you get in an uproar about that, understand that my house is tiny and the dining room table tends to "collect" a lot of stuff that is not easily put away.

Well, yesterday the table was fairly clear and so I decided that we should eat at the table. This put my teen in to a near panic. "Why? Why are we eating at the table? What do we need to talk about?" Clearly the dining room table has come to signify serious family talk time. So Frank and I tried to put his mind at ease and say that we just wanted to eat at the table. No big deal. This answer was not sufficient because he kept looking at us as if waiting for the bomb to drop. Well, Michael finished dinner first and got up to do...whatever, and it was just the three of us at the table. Now the boy got nervous. So I looked at him with all seriousness and said "Well, I guess we can tell you now". He visibly swallowed and waited.

"We're having a baby," I said (and yes, still with a straight face). Frank was not in on the joke but covered it well.
"Are you serious?" Nick squeaked.
"Yes."
Now he's almost choking and is turning 27 different shades of red. "Really?"
"Yes." Then I stopped for dramatic effect and then said "That's right, your parents had sex and now we are having a baby! Oh, and he's due on your birthday."

Now to understand why this is even funny, you have to get the fact that the boy has never really forgiven us for having Michael and he's 9 now! So the possibility of another sibling is so NOT funny to him. I have a devious sense of humor. We played it out for a few more minutes, the boy's face was in his hands, he was near hyperventilating and then I fessed up. Laughing my butt off the whole time. His response?

"You are evil."

Am I? or justifiably snarky?

2 comments:

Nani said...

your justified!

Cathleen said...

You shouldn't have confessed up but let it drag on. That would have been fun for us outside your family as well!!