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Do You Make This Mistake When You Talk To Kids

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I wasn’t aware that boys have it so hard these days.  What was I thinking when I assumed most live an idyllic life until we shove them into a tie, place them behind a desk and tell them to quit day dreaming at the age of  . . .

At what age do men do that?

Let me know if you know.

Recently, however, I was made acutely aware of the tragic life boys lead by Brian’s best friend George.

One day last week he was being forced to swim and frolic in the pool with Brian and a group of kids.

They were pressured into laughing and having fun, and silly me, I decide to attempt a conversation with a 12-year old.  What was I thinking?

It went something like this:

“George, who is that man I saw you with at the grocery store?”


“Last week – remember – we said hi.  You and Brian raced down the isle…”

“Oh yeah.”


“And the man with you was…?…”

“Ummm … my uncle.”

“Is he here visiting from Fuji?”


“Ummmm … yeah”

[This feels like I am pulling out his teeth one by one.]

“Is he your mother’s brother?”






“Is he your mother’s brother?”

“Ummmm … I don’t know.”

[Brian is now staring at me like I am the Spanish Inquisition.]

“Uhhh yeah … wait … yeah …. I think he is my mother’s brother… yeah … he is.”

“Is he nice?”

[Suddenly George stops and looks very serious and turns to face me.]



[Here’s where my mothering lioness instinct kicks in as I sit up ready to go find someone to kill.]

“What?  Why?”

[My heart begins to race, as I adore this kid.]

“HE MAKES US  …. R E A D!!!!!”


[George rolls his eyes]

“Yeah, read books out loud every night!”

“Well that is just plain awful, the next thing you know he will be teaching you to cook.”

Horror crosses George’s face as he dives into the pool.

Until next time –



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

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7 Responses to Do You Make This Mistake When You Talk To Kids

  1. Derek McBride June 12, 2007 at 12:43 am #

    It is astonishing how well you seem to understand boys. Your blog makes me laugh,understand that my boys are not unusual. Your son looks like the all-american boy.

  2. Mad goat lady June 12, 2007 at 8:09 am #

    Oh what torture…imagine being forced to read, lets hope that’s the worse thing that ever happens to our boys LOL!

  3. Twisted Cinderella June 13, 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    Imagine the horror making him read!

  4. Christy June 13, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    I have had this same conversation … different boy. Is is video games? We blame everything on video games, don’t we?

  5. Ann June 13, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    I love this poet, it’s so typical!

    Poor George, you really need to help him do something about that uncle!


    A Nice Place In The Sun

    A Nice Place In The Sun

  6. Sea Eagle June 15, 2007 at 6:12 pm #

    Us boys can be terrible sometimes! I always enjoy reading your blog, and have taken the liberty of tagging”>http://scott2096.blogspot.com/2007/06/just-who-is-sea-eagle.html“>tagging you with a meme.


    Sea Eagle

  7. Catherine June 16, 2007 at 3:00 am #

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

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