You’ve Got To Stop Saying That…

A few nights ago, I asked my six year old to clear her plate at the table.  She jutted her hip out with her hand on it and replied, “I don’t want to do that.”

I put on my best mom voice and replied, “That wasn’t a request.”

She walked calmly over to her piggy bank and got a dollar and handed it to me.  She patted my hand and said, “I really want you to do it tonight, Mommy.”

I was incredulous.  Was my six year old really trying to pay me to do chores?

“Don’t bring that dollar to me,” I said in disbelief.

And then she says something that I KNOW she has heard her father say joking, “Don’t worry, I will leave it on the nightstand just like Daddy does.”

I stared daggers at her father while he suppressed laughter.   It was just last year that I made him stop saying “That’s what she said” when she started using it in context. One more thing he needs to stop saying in front of the children.  I will add it to the list.




Realizing I Am Old


I recently went out to lunch with a group of ladies from work.  It was a mix of nurses and doctors.  While we were waiting on our food, one of the other doctors was discussing how one of her patients that morning had injured himself by falling down a well and how unusual that was.

“Like Baby Jessica?” I incredulously surmised.

All of the other women at the table gave me blank stares.  Let me put  this in context.  These were all women who have a degree.  They all have children.   One of them is also a doctor.  It struck me suddenly, that they did not get my cultural reference because none of them remember Baby Jessica being stuck in a well.

So, I tried to explain the reference to them so I wouldn’t look like an idiot.  I figured if I could just jog their memories regarding the events, it would kick in.  I finally Googled the year in which Baby Jessica got stuck in the well, and it was 1987.   They quickly pointed out the problem.  None of them were alive in 1987.  It is the oldest I have felt in a long time.

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