5 October 2009

a conversation with my 15 year old son tonight

Me (very tired): The frying pan has been soaking in the sink for a while now. Could you please wash it so I can make the frittata for dinner? Use the green scrubby, not the stainless steel scourer or you'll damage it, and gently clean it.

Him: Sure. (Pause) What do I do again?

Me (very tired): Wash the frying pan please. Use the green scrubby, not the steel scourer, and gently wash the pan.

Him: Ok. (Goes to sink). There's water in the sink. Do I let it out?

Me (very very tired): No. Just wash the frying pan in the water.

Him: Should I use the stainless steel scourer?

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Please enjoy this photo. It is pleasantly distracting from the realities of life with teenage boys.

Mystery socks, clue 1 complete

See that leetle bit of sock? That is Clue Number One of the Through the Loops 2009 Mystery Sock Knit-Along, complete. Roll on Thursday!

The end.

26 comments:

Luhlahh said...

How do you not go insane? I manage to survive the year 10s mainly becase I know that I can go home and none of them will be there. I can see clearly that knitting would be your only escape!

fifi said...

A conversation with my twelve year old son would have ended at his response
"I'm just going to bed/have homework/forgot something outside..."

etc etc.


she says, having just used the green scrubby herself on the soaked cake tin, with all the dinner things all dirty...

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

But you didn't cave in and do it for him ? Congratulations ! As for the knitting .... now I know I'll never be able to knit with the big girls .

Pavlov's Cat said...

It sounds like the conversations I used to have with my students (substitute 'your essay' for 'the frying pan' and all that that entails), and they were 18-23 and most of them were girls and women and not related to me.

Not that I'm trying to depress you or anything like that.

SewHum said...

OMG - can't wait.
Maybe I should start teaching them before they hit the teens and are slightly listening!
Stay strong!

Martina said...

OMG! I can so relate! I never knew being a 15 year old boy affected hearing before this year!

Maureen said...

Oh god...how it comes back. Now mine are 42 and 37 and some one else's issue. I believe the 42 yr old finally gets it.

Stomper Girl said...

Yes well, if they get too good at housework they might be required to do more of it.

CelticCastOn said...

lol in one ear and out the other huh :)
Your cuff looks great, loving the colour!

Curlysam said...

I'm making the sock too- I got so frustrated at not being able to move on that I finished the cuff for sock #2 as well.

innercitygarden said...

Have you considered ostentatiously ringing the pizza shop and ordering for one? I fantasize about doing it but haven't yet succumbed.

Michelle said...

I thought that conversation sounded very normal...
Well in my house it is...
Except I can't imagine them even knowing were the sink was!!!

rachel said...

Well, that took me back! You have many more years of this, I'm afraid (said Voice of Bitter Experience)...

RW said...

so funny.
so true.

it astounds me that I have raised a boy that appears clueless at times.

eurolush said...

I agree with Stomper Girl on this matter.


PS-Catching up on your most recent blog posts...so many beautiful photos! I'm loving it.

kmkat said...

I think the listening gene must be canceled out by something on the leg of the X chromosome. Even adult males have trouble listening...

Meggie said...

It is the lack of comprehension... they can be so brilliant at most things, but understanding simple domestics... not so good.

katiecrackernuts said...

Me to myself (tired): Oh goodness, the boy did say he was going out, and look at that, he's at Suse's house.
Me to myself (tired): Why does he wash up at Suse's house and not at home?
Me to Suse (tired): Suse, can you please send my boy home, Make sure he finishes your frypan first.
Me to myself (tired): Hang on, Suse is talking about her own kid. Damn, I'm gunna have the frypan conversation at my house, again.

Stacey said...

So this is what I have to look forward to?
Great.
Love the mystery sock concept. I will have to try one of those myself. Although, any sock I try usually ends up being a mystery sock.

Jolie said...

love the sock cuff!
...and laughing at the conversation, but it's that nervous kind of half-laugh because now I see my future oh so clearly!!!

Fresh Tea : said...

Ha so funny, only that means I have another eleven years of the boy not listening! Ollie's ears are already only for decoration and don't work.
I am pleased you like your stitch markers.

blackbird said...

uuuuuuugh.
oooooooooh.
I have soooooo many teenage boys...and you have gotten it JUST right.

Eleanor said...

Sigh. I know this so well.

I can't comprehend how a boy who can understand the intricacies of playing a musical instrument and the angle and spin of a tennis ball cannot manage to wash a dish.

Sigh.

Now I've worked myself up again.

Sorry.

Janet said...

last night I was so tired when I read this that all I could do was sigh with camaraderie, even though we are so not at the green dish cloth stage yet.

alice c said...

Because I have a teeenage son and I read the post too quickly I thought that the picture was part of the conversation.

Kerree said...

I have a 16 year old boy. They don't get any better :)