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!


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

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

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

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

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

  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. :)

  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

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

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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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