Friday, August 14, 2009

Where Have I Seen That Before?

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Mr. Weasel is often befuddled by the behavior of Boy Weasel. The Mr. will ask Boy a relatively simple question about his day and only get a half hearted one word response. A good example is

"How was practice today?"
"Fine."
"Well, what did you do?"
"I don't know, nothing. Ran."
"What did coach say about.....?"
"Nothing, I don't remember."

This conversation easily translates to school, friends, parties, anything really. I laugh because I have had many similar equally frustrating conversations with Mr. Weasel over the years. Mr Weasel has never understood my frustration, until now.

When Boy Weasel does have something to say, his mannerisms, facial expressions and enthusiasm crack me up. He is just a shorter version of is father.

The most recent light bulb moment for Mr. Weasel was this morning. While He and I sat drinking our coffee, checking email and watching the news, Boy Weasel made his way down the stairs and through the living room. Wordless and without eye contact he headed for the office.

MR. W ~ Good morning son, where are you going? What are you doing?
Boy ~without missing a step or turning his head ~ I just need to check something (on the computer).
Mr. W ~ You don't say good morning?
Boy ~entering the living room again ~ Okay, I just had to check my page. It's all good. Good morning. (complete with a good morning kiss for each of us)

Boy Weasel then proceed back to the office and computer. Mr. Weasel, just shook his head in confusion. He didn't understand Boy's behavior. I on the other hand got a good chuckle. "You start your day the exact same way". "Huh".

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26 comments:

PJ Mullen said...

Like father, like son. Unfortunately, my son seems to have picked up some of my lesser qualities, including the notorious Irish/Italian temper. The teen years are sure to be fun :)

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Tom said...

It's a boy thing. I know... I have to make a conscious effort not to be unfriendly sometimes, when I'm following a specific internal agenda. They need to be taught out of it.

Mrs4444 said...

Awww. That's cute. Kyle is a lot like his dad, too. The key to getting kids to say more than a word or two is to ask open-ended questions. So, instead of How was your day? and accepting "Good" or "Okay," ask, "What was good about it?" My kids hate that :)

Your header is blank to me, but that may be because I'm at work???

ciara said...

hahaha that does sound familiar to me, too. boys/men are weird lol :)

Smallprint said...

Yes - you will know when he is becoming a man when he adds a strong black coffee to that routine!

Thanks

Mark

Otter Thomas said...

I am certain that I will certainly pay for my personality issues when Braden is older. You pay for your raisin' right?

Eric the Bolton said...

When I ask my 3 year old daughter how did she sleep last night.. Her reply is "Yes"...

Heather said...

I just wanted to tell you that i absolutely LOVE your new header.

i hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

WeaselMomma said...

@ PJ ~ The similarities in everything, including temperament are astounding.

@ Tom ~ As long as it comes as a natural and not an intentional, all is good.

@ Mrs4444~ My kids hate follow ups too. I've tried it, but it just aggravates them. I just need to wait until they approach me. That's when the flood gates open.

@ Ciara ~ weird yes, but I wouldn't wanna live without them.

@ Smallprint ~ He just started drinking coffee, only he is cream and sugar guy, for now.

@ Otter ~ I can not tell you the amount of amusement I get out of their similarities.

@ Eric ~ That's awesome! My smartalecks say "with my eyes closed".

@ Heather ~ I love it too! I hope your weekend is fantastic as well.

terri said...

I think you're doing pretty good if you can at least understand the few words he does manage to say to you. My middle kid grunts and mumbles at me and I have to ask him umpteen times to repeat himself.

(I just said "umpteen." It's official. I've become my mother.)

Surfer Jay said...

Hey , it's me in 15 years ago! Parents....

Bad Momma said...

At least you know where he gets it! I sometimes will separate one of my boys from the herd and take them on an errand.

I find some alone time will get them spilling their guts. Feigning disinterest sometimes helps too. Also when I get on my laptop, my boys suddenly need my attention!

Big Bad Daddy said...

I don't think it's exclusive to boys/men. I don't have any boys and my daughters can "zone" and "monosyllable" with the best of them. They also have the ability to completely ignore their mother when they are less than three feet away (well, they ignore me as well). My eldest has also picked up my admittedly infuriating tendency to 180 on things at the first opposition. "Let's just not do that (insert whatever) at all!" The girls have picked up a few of their mother's choice qualities as well........

NYCityMama said...

Finally got to your site! I love Weasel Angel being represented on your header! Nice job ladies!!

Yeah, same conversations between oldest and us. Too funny!!

Teacher Tom said...

My 12-year-old girl is doing the same thing.

Her standard answer to a yes or no question: "Kind of," or "Not really." What does that mean!!???

The Devoted Dad said...

That's great. You must learn a lot about why your husband is the way he is through raising your son and vise versa.

Mrs4444 said...

Back to try and view the new header again--It's WONDERFUL!! :)

Janie Woods said...

I agree with Bad Momma--seperation from the herd sometimes helps! I'm just glad to hear that my manchildren are typical males....

de-I said...

Gosh - Wife accuses me of much the same behavior. Hang in there Mr. W Only 12 more years until they start treating you like a real person.

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

My daughter is a lot like hubs in the morning, I'm still waiting for the lightbulb to go off for him... ;)

Michelle said...

It's always entertaining to see my husband in the wee ones. And there are definitely some parts that sneak through. Then again, I see me in certain things that I would NEVER have thought were genetic :)

And Claire? I love the angel. Especially her blue eyes. Great job by both ladies!

Sue said...

Haha, busted! That's funny!

Fabulous addition to the header!!!!!

Reservoir Dad said...

Might have something to do with the drive that most men have to communicate. All men need a little time in the cave before they come out to interact with the world.

Laura said...

Love, love, love Claire's addition to your header--perfect!

The Microblogologist said...

Watching Niecey pick up behaviors is amusing at times, though sometimes it sucks because she of course has to pick up bad ones! She lives with four adults and I definitely pick out stuff from all four. So far I have not recognized anything from myself, lol.

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