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06:23 am: You want a medal?
We finally went apple picking yesterday, at Outlook Farm in Westhampton. What fun!

The actual apple picking only took a short time. After we had a half bushel of Macs, we got a hayride back to the shop, where we ate hotdogs and barbecue, selected two more pumpkins (one very small and white, one very large and orange), and danced to a pretty good band.

OK, Teddy danced. Actually, he was showing off for sisters from our music class (there was another kid from music there too -- and this place is 45 minutes from home... wtf?), doing "cartwheels" (put hands on the ground, rotate buttocks along a horizontal plane, land on buttocks, laugh hysterically) and random arm gyrations. Pretty funny. And he had a blast.

Reasons to blog, #471: If someone makes a big deal out of something trivial (e.g., Peter crowing about having emptied the dish drainer), I've been known to make the occasional* sarcastic reply "you want a medal?"

Apropos of I cannot remember what (reason #523 to make notes before blogging), Teddy piped up from the backseat on our way to apple picking "you want a medal?"

I have no clue of the context, except that it was exactly, perfectly appropriate. Either Peter or I was bragging about something stupid (y'know, "I took a shower" or "I locked the door" or "I pooped twice today"), and Teddy chimed right in.

It's moments like that that make it all worthwhile. Truly. Forget about the kid becoming president or curing cancer or providing me with grandkids. The real payoff is the kid repeating my sarcasm.


* By which I mean "constant."

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:October 5th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome!

My kid only repeats Oh Sh*t as a song, but without perfect pronunciation so everyone works really hard to understand her only to gasp and say, "Is she saying...?"

Yep, she is. Oh sh*t.
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From:katehaney
Date:October 5th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)

funny!

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What was it that Teddy said on the changing table one time? Don't be such a fucking bitch? I think that was it.
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:October 6th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)

Re: funny!

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I do recall this to be true. Scary. Funny in hindsight but how did you ever keep a straight face?
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From:katehaney
Date:October 6th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)

Re: funny!

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One good thing about it was that he was SO young he'll have no recollection. :phew:

At the time, I was so shocked that I don't think I reacted at all.

Probably just as well, in retrospect.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 5th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)

Apple-picking

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It's tempting, as the years go by, to think that you've had NO influence on your children, particularly when they do something you would not have done. But everytime they repeat something funny or awful you've said or done, you know that's not the case. The flip side (and nothin's flip or funny about it) is when I say or do (or even feel) something that I recognize from my mother. Thats truly humbling. So, you want a medal, huh? Me, too!

YoMaMa
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From:katehaney
Date:October 5th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)

uh oh!

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I hadn't thought about it that way. Oops!

And yes, I want a damned medal. More so than ever.
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:October 6th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)

Re: Apple-picking

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Ohhhh, that's so interesting. Humbling. Although I don't say Oil Change the way my Southern mother did. Kinda w/out the i in Oil. Ahl Change.
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From:katehaney
Date:October 6th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)

I have to get the git out of my speech

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I don't even know where I got the git, but Teddy has picked it up, so now I have to get/git rid of it for both of us.
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