Out Of The Mouths Of Babes



"Who was that?" asked Rachel, as I hung up the phone yesterday.

"That was Cindy's mommy," I said.  "She wanted to know if we were meeting them at the pool today.  I told her no, because we have tennis try-outs later."

"Oh, we can't go to the pool, too?"

"Sadly, no - I'm not ambitious enough to do two major outings in one day.  Now, Cindy's mommy is different - she's going straight from the pool to a soccer tournament.  She's way more energetic than I am."

"Well," said Rachel, sympathetically, "that's because she is so much younger than you."

[awkward silence]

How my daughter sees me, apparently...
"Um, no - no, she's not," I said.  "I'm only one year older than she is."

"Really?" asked Rachel, not even attempting to hide her astonishment.  "Are you sure?  She looks so much younger."

"Yes! Yes, I'm sure," I said, just a little too loudly.

Realizing her mistake (girls are perspicacious, even at age 10), Rachel backpedaled.  "Oh, I guess it's just...just that she is so much TALLER than you.  Yeah, that's it - she's taller."

Thanks, honey - I'll take that.  At my age, any face-saving lie will do.


[Old lady image: Craig Advisors]

Comments

  1. Can't help but wonder if Cindy only has one child?

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  2. Well, does SHE have 6 kids? I think not.

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  3. My friend has 4 kids, and she IS way more energetic than I am. She's awesome. I just thought we looked about the same age. Apparently not.

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  4. TALLER, yeah...YEAH! That's the ticket. Those tall gals have WAY more energy than us short chicks.

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  5. But you have a better rack.

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  6. Ouch!

    Please tell Susie that I'm taller and I don't have that kind of energy, either.

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  7. At least she backpedaled. Sign of respect for her mother there.

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  8. Riiiiight. You've heard all that scientific research about how taller people are so much more energetic than us shorties, right?

    At least she backpedaled.

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  9. One of my daughters, when around 3, looked at me wistfully and said: "I don wan a ole lady for a mommy."

    That sucked. And 3 year olds don't backpedal.

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  10. My 9yo tells me I look 23. He's challenging, but charming.

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  11. see, down south it works the other way: if you're tall (like me) you are always assumed to be older than any cute, petite southern belle (not me).

    move down south :-)

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  12. My children were shocked the other day when I sat down on the floor. My littlest 2 that don't have the gift of subtlety said something like, "Mom! You can sit on the floor? How are you going to get back up?" I showed them. Yes, my knees popped and cracked and I may have let out a groan or two....but, by golly, I got myself up off of that floor!!!

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  13. I know it's at your expense and everything, but thanks for the giggle :)

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  14. I applaud her attempt to recover and spare your feelings. Good kid.

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