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How A Teenager Prepares to Go Back To School

“Brian, I need you to sit with me and go over what you need at school so I can fill out all your school forms.”

“Just do the same as last year.”

“Well, do you need new gym shorts?”

“Mine are kinda tight.”

“I take it that’s a – yes.”

“I have my red shorts I can wear.”

“Then I take it that’s a – no.”

“I could use another one.”

“Then it’s a – yes.”

“I guess.”

“OH GOOD God! I’m getting you a pair – even if I end up using them!”

“Funny mom.”

“I’m ordering pictures.  You’ll have to dress nice at registration.”


“Because registration is when they take your school photos.”

“No they don’t. They take photos for the Yearbook and my ID card.”

“Yes. Same photos – your school photos.”

“No – they’re Yearbook and ID photos mom.”

(Mom’s eye begins twitching).

“No.  Remember last year – they were all done at registration.”

“No mom that’s not right.”

“Brian, I am giving you a check for all of this, just like I did last year.  Just humor me and look nice for registration, OK?”

“God Mom, sometimes you make this so difficult!”

I am happy to report that Brian went to registration and did not order gym shorts or photographs, even though I gave him a check to cover it.  He wore a t-shirt and did not “dress nice” because it was hot.  He also came home with the check.

Grandmothers will not be getting school pictures for Christmas.

As I’m retiring to drink a glass of wine and do deep breathing exercises in the backyard, a teenage voice in my home can be heard saying,

“Mom?  Where are you going?  I think I need gym shorts after all . . .”

Until next time –



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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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6 Responses to How A Teenager Prepares to Go Back To School

  1. Remy G August 16, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Brian, school starts on Tuesday. What else do you need before that happens?

    -Nothing, mom.

    Do you have underwear?
    -I could use some more
    How about socks?
    -yea, that would be good.
    You have math this semester, do you need a calculator?
    how about a spanish/english dictionary?
    -maybe the one I had last year is in my locker still.
    hmm, so what you’re saying is, you don’t need anything?

    Must. Not. Kill. Sophomore.

    good luck this week. I feel your pain, lady. I feel it!

  2. BobG August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    You missed using the ultimate threat that would have kept him honest. You should have threatened to go with him, so all his friends could see his mother registering him. That is embarrassing enough to make any teen boy turn pale with fear.

  3. Catherine August 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    lol @ Remy – is there something in the name Brian? Maybe it’s our fault because we named them that name? lol Love that “Must. Not. Kill. Sophomore”

  4. Catherine August 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Um Bob, his FATHER went with him, but you are right I sent my two teenagers together and they had a great time – they just didn’t get what he needs for school. I have since purchased a lock. I am waiting for more.

  5. Heather August 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I so totally love these conversations. Although it does inform conversations I’ve had with men in my life…

    I’m trying to raise one that may actually respond with an answer to the question asked!

    (insert BIG laugh here)

    Hang in there… only 2 years after this. Ack!


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