Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Things Teenagers Say

Moe has a dilemma. A very huge dilemma. He doesn't know who to take to his Homecoming Dance! He told me that he has four girls to choose from, but can't decide which girl to take. This was the conversation that I had with Mr. Casanova Moe:

"Moe, how do you know any of these girls will say yes to you?"

Moe rolls his eyes and responds, "Mom. Of course they're going to say yes."

"The dance is just around the corner, if I were you I would ask one those girls...NOW. Some one else is going to ask them."

Moe smiles and says, "That's not going to happen, they're waiting for me to ask them."

(Yeaaah right. Moe has many female friends, but I'm afraid that his overconfidence may just come right back and bite him in the butt and he'll be dateless. I hope that doesn't happen!)

He's also picked up a few of his parent's bad habits. It's one of those things that as a parent, you wish you could tell your kid, "Do as I say, not as I do." Renaissance Man and I are notorious for getting out of invitations for events that we don't want to attend. The usual excuse that we use is that our family will be out of town and because I don't want our excuses to be a lie...we pack up and go away! We are soooo pitiful.

Here's a snippet of a phone conversation I had with Moe. An example of our bad habits influencing Moe:

"Hey Mom. Can Mike and Andre come over?"

"Of course they can."

"What I can't hear you! Did you say that Mike and Andy CAN"T come over?!" (At this point Moe is talking very loud and slow.)

"I SAID that they CAN come over! They're welcome here any time!" (I'm talking very loud because I believe that he can't hear me.)

"Oh, you mean they CAN'T come over?!"

I yell into the phone, "I SAID THEY CAN COME OVER!"

Moe hurriedly whispers into the phone, "Mom, work with me here, I DON'T want them coming over, I need to take a nap!" (Yes, my 17 year old still loves to take naps whenever he can)

"Ohhh....Okay. No, they can't come over." (I know they can't hear me on the other side, but you never know if one them has supersonic hearing.)

"So, you don't want them to come over because you're taking me out to lunch?" (Does that sound like set up to you?)

"Yeaahh. Sure, I only want to take you out to lunch." (Now I feel like the mean mom who doesn't want any of her kids friends coming over the house.)

"Wow. If you really feel that strongly, I'll just have to tell them that they have to go home. I'll see you later, mom." Right before he hangs up, I hear him tell his friends, "Sorry guys, she won't budge." (Moe is really making me look like the bad guy, I guess that's what parents are for???)

I'll be taking Moe to lunch because I don't want to make a liar out of my son. And when we go out to lunch, we're going to have a nice heartfelt parent to son chat, and I'll start our conversation by saying this, "Do as I say, not as I do...."

Moe just came home with Mike and Andre! I asked him what changed his mind that he let his friends come over. He said, "Well, I still want to take a nap, but I felt bad that they were going home to an empty house."

I guess I don't have to have that parent to son chat after all. RM & I should take a few pointers from him!


Kristina P. said...

Your Moe sounds like a lady killer!

roy/elisabeth dean said...

I have done the same thing! It would be much easier just to say yes than to have to come up with something ELSE to do, then have to actually DO IT to live with yourself!!! I'm so glad to know I'm not in this handbasket by myself! ;0

Have a wonderful holiday weekend~

Yaya said...

Haha! I totally did that when I was a teen! "They CAN'T come over???" lol!

Tammy said...

Aaahhh teenagers!!!

septembermom said...

Moe has the ladies waiting in line! What a lucky guy! He is so funny on the phone. He is a clever one :)

Heatherlyn said...

Awww, so much compassion for his friends. He'll make a good husband someday with that type of sensitivity ... if he can get past the who-should-I-ask-to-take-to-the-dance delimma. :)

Easy Losing Weight said...

I wish I had those kind of options when I was in High School. I always seemed to have to search and get out of my comfort zone to ask a girl. I hope he has fun.

Wendy said...

sounds like moe is a heartbreaker!

and I totally used to do that when I was a kid....sometimes you just want to be alone and dont want you friends coming over.....but you dont want to hurt their feelings either so you just blame it on you mom!

♫ Spasm ♫ said...


what a fun kid

wendy said...

So--------who is Moe taking to the dance?? Ah to be young and so full of "self-esteem". Is he playing football this year?? as I remember he hurt his knee.
I love that older photo of you --was that from high school???
I should be back to blogging on a more regular basis now and look forward to keeping better in touch with you.

Jenners said...

I just love Moe!! This was a delightful post to read ... but I do think he was working you a little bit! : )

And he should ask a girl soon --- put them out of their suspense. Plus, girls need TIME to plan for big things like this!!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Ha! I use to do that all.the.time to my mom! Lol!

It turned out all good! :)

The Crazy Coxes said...

Do NOT let Moe and Garrett ever get together. Those sly dogs!

Actually, I have told my kids that they can make me the "bad guy" anytime. I told this to the teenagers at church too. One night, a 17 year old girl called around 7:00 and asked, "Oh I was just making sure....tonight is the night that you wanted me to babysit right?"

I answered......."Ummmm, uhhh..yeah." And went and picked her up. Turns out she was trying to get out of going to a party where there was going to be tons of alcohol.

We went out. She babysat.

Pearl said...

Moe's a ladykiller! :-) You'll have to post pics of the lucky winner!


Debbie said...

What a big heart that boy has. Being aware of his friends going home to an empty house. He's sweet.

And yes thats what parents are for sometimes. I remember being at a sleepover in like 6th grade and my friend wanted to watch a bad movie so I told her I'd call and ask my dad (cause I knew he'd say no) and he told me if there was anything I ever felt I didnt want to do I could blame him. :)

Sassy said...

How funny...this has been our same we speak there is a list in my car with names scribbled on take to Homecoming.....♥ it!

MomBabe said...

Has he figured out that you can't read his mind yet?

Life with Kaishon said...

I really love that kid : ) And I wish you lived next door to me because I totally need a friend like you : ).

I think that with Kaish all the time. Like, is he learning all my bad habits? And of course he is!