Alright for all of you who are not blessed yet with the experience of having a conversation with a teenager or young adult, I would like to present to you two examples. If you have little ones, oh your time is coming.
Conversations with my daughter usually happen when she is bored, waiting for her boyfriend to call or when I am busy doing something or when she has absolutely nobody to torture but me.
Daughter: You need to come here and see this.
ME: Why and what is it?
Daughter: No come here.
Daughter is sitting on Desktop looking at her Myspace. I go to her to see it, because if I don’t she will continue with MOM really.
Me: Ok what is that I’m looking at?
Daughter: This is Bella*. Look at what she is doing. She is hanging out with Supra* and Nana*.
Me: And what’s the problem?
Daughter: Well look at her. She is using so much make-up and tanning spray she looks orange, just to hang out with them.
On closer examination of the picture I must say it did not look natural.
Me: Oh wow, yea looks aweful. Does not even look healthy. Like they have Agent Orange.
Daughter: I know. Can I have a Perm?
Me: How did this get to the Perm now?
Daughter: Well I want curls, and my hair is straight. So can I have a perm
Me: You would not like it. With your long hair it would be all snarly ( knowing she hates snarly hair, and I frankly do not want to listen to her complain every morning about it, so I’m playing on that card).
Daughter: Well can I get my ears pierced again? I mean I have no Sports till spring, plenty of time before I have to take them out.
Me: So now you want your Ears pierced again. ( This would be the third time)
Daughter: Yea. Can I pick the ones I want?
Ok, now you see how the conversation with my daughter went. We discussed 3 different things in 5 minutes. Oh and the *fictional names were put there for the real names, to protect the people that clearly using way too much spray on tan and should be fined for that.
Here is a phone call between me and my College son:
Me: Hi, that’s a surprise.
Me: How are you?
Me: What are you up to?
Son: Nothing, hanging out
Me: How are the Classes doing?
Me: Getting excited about going to a Bowl game?
Me: Did any of your friends come and visit you?
Son: Well gotta go. Roomie and I wanna go eat. Love you
Me: Love you too. Bye
This conversation lasted 3 minutes max. Now he is about 2 hrs. away from me, and that is all he has to say. Basically it was a check-in call to let me know he was still alive and kicking. And this time he didn’t ask for anything. Which is actually a good thing, since his sister is asking for plenty as you can see.
So have fun all. I know when they are little you have plenty of conversations with them about the latest action hero and crayola box. This is what you are getting to look forward too..and people wonder why I think I go goofy sometimes.