April 27, 2009

Sarcasm is Not Becoming

And now let's pause a brief moment and call it an interlude of full-disclosure. This is me in one of my less-attractive mothering moments:

Tristan: [slams cup down on my laptop] Juice! [While he waits for me to respond he jumps up and down on my laptop bag that has all my stuff in it.]

Me: Say "please". And also, get off my bag. That's really nice, Tristan.

Tristan: [jumps off the bag] Nice! Nice.

Me: [walking to the kitchen] Okay, that wasn't really nice. That was Mommy being sarcastic. Can you say sarcastic?

Tristan: Castic. Mmhmm. Nice! [hop, hop] Nice! [hop, jump] Nice!

13 comments:

  1. Typical man really, always taking what you say literally. When will they learn?

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  2. Maybe if you were a little quicker getting to that juice, this could have been avoided. Kid's thirsty, damn it!

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  3. I love that phrase, "not becoming". My grandmother used to say that and tell us "don't be fresh". Your son sounds adorable. :)

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  4. Ah yes, teaching children the fine art of sarcasm is a challenge, lol!!!

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  5. Sarcasm. It feels so good. But it just doesn't work.

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  6. Madame DeFarge: No time between now and late 40's if my husband is any indication.

    Shawn: I'm getting him one of those beer helmets. You inspired me. Except probably I shouldn't put beer in it, right?

    Margo: Oh, I haven't used "don't be fresh" with my kids. I have to remember that. My oldest, when I say something, always says, "What does that mean?" Explaining it takes the wind out of my sails, so maybe he's doing it on purpose.

    Envie: I rise to the challenge!

    Lawyer Mom: I'm a slow learner. I keep trying. :)

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  7. *laughing!* my family is the biggest smartarses in the land -- I think there is a diff between smartarsing and sarcasming - but both are a fine art! teehee

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  8. Wow! I think you stayed incredibly calm. Yeah you!

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  9. It's one small step for him to move from calling Mommy "castic" to "caustic," and then, damn, you've got a genius-sounding child, woman.

    Keep at him!

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  10. Wendy, I love you, I really do! *LOL*
    You don't even KNOW how many sad mornings you've brightened for me by making me laugh. I wanna Hug YOUUUUU! NOW!

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  11. Kathryn: My family is characterized mostly by bitterness and aggression. And occasionally someone will say something funny.

    ModernMom: And I'm doing it pharmaceutically-free, although I'm not sure how long that will last.

    Jocelyn: We're still working on his advanced vocabulary.

    Neen: Back atcha! You probably don't want to hug me today though. I am a wilted Southern flower from the damp river air. Also, I think I might have bugs on me. And my crocs are muddy. It's not beautiful.

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  12. Always avoid sarcasm when talking to toddlers. They learn it fast enough when they get to be pre-teens, and you don't want to be making them any better at it, trust me. LOL!

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