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Teenagers: They’re loads of fun


Kids say the darndest, cutest things.

Teenagers? Not so much.

When Catherine was little, helping make the bed meant pulling up “the comfortable”; the time between midnight and 6 am was “the side of night”; she wondered, while helping fold laundry, if my bras were meant for chasing butterflies.

These days, some of what comes out of her mouth is not nearly as endearing.

And I have no one to blame but myself.

See, as much as she is like her Dad in many (often maddening) ways, she embodies a lot of my traits, too — including my well-practiced way around a smart remark.

Here’s what happened last night:

As she made her way to the laundry room, finally ready to wash a load now that clean underwear was getting scarce, I noticed she had some lights mixed in with the darks.

“You don’t want do to that,” I said. “Everything will turn gray.”

“You mean like your hair?” she replied.


About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


9 thoughts on “Teenagers: They’re loads of fun

  1. I was just telling my teen this the other day. I asked him why his shirt looked grungy and then asked him if he is separating his colors from whites. I just looked at me. I told him I guess his next lesson is how to bleach his whites. Teens are so so fun.

    Posted by At My Counter | November 21, 2013, 5:45 pm
  2. If one of my sons said that to me, I would have to answer honestly and say. “Yes.”

    Posted by Bonnie/LadyBlogger (@bonnielfrank) | November 20, 2013, 2:34 pm
  3. A friend used to think retroactive birth control was a good idea. And sometimes it is, even when they’re grown!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | November 19, 2013, 12:44 pm
  4. Kids do say the darndest things. This blog is reason #4,562 why I’m a bit sceptical about the teenage years.

    Thanks for linking up to my weekly Bloglovin linky (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/2013/11/bloglovin-hop-november14.html). I hope you make some new friends.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    Posted by Journeys of The Zoo | November 19, 2013, 12:11 pm
  5. Sometimes eating your young is okay….

    Posted by Jan Kisluk | November 19, 2013, 10:43 am

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