Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Is That It?

My mother thinks that I do not spend a lot of time teaching my kids manners and she often gives me hints.

Last week was my son's 8th birthday and after the party, mama called me to lodge a formal complaint.

"You know, I gave him a t-shirt and a Barnes & Noble gift certificate and he said is that it? Please conduct a series of conversations of him so that he sees the error of his ways." (The last sentence is a loose translation from the Russian, but believe you me, that's what she meant. I'm not one of those blogging liars, you know!)

So of course I groaned internally because giving an 8 year old a T-shirt, especially one that does not reference bodily functions, is the equivalent of giving me a gift wrapped sandwich for my birthday.

But whatever, I'm at mom, and as John says "you had your heterosexual sex fun, now take care of those kids!" so I decided to have a chit chat with Young Ladrinka.
"Hey, what's with that is that it comment when your grandparents gave you your gifts? That's rude, you know."
"That's not what I meant," he insisted. "I meant is that it so that I could be sure to thank her for every item."

He's outsmarting me. That is it.

29 Comments:

Blogger zelzee said...

I think you are raising a genius!

June 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger *Akilah Sakai* said...

Is that what he meant? He's adorable, but talk about lost in translation.

June 24, 2009 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh, he is a smooth one.

I'd start worrying now about his teenaged years.

June 24, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger lizspin said...

and if you believe that one. . .

June 24, 2009 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger LyN said...

haha..i love him. very smooth indeed. ;)

June 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Comedy Goddess said...

Apple trees don't grow oranges. And, yes, that's it.

June 24, 2009 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger blognut said...

You've been played.

June 24, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
OpenID mommygeekology said...

He is going to have some smooth lines when he grows up. lol! Ladies, watch out!

June 24, 2009 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger WkSocMom said...

I hear that. I always worry about those so easy to wrap gifts where you put a bunch of stff, but it leaves teh giftee in that awkward spot of continually fishing for more, looking ungrateful.

June 24, 2009 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Maureen at IslandRoar said...

He's good, that boy. Apparently he has no "errors to his ways."

June 24, 2009 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger shopgirl said...

LOL - I think this kid's a keeper - tooo funny!!

June 24, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

what a smart pants!

June 24, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

you're surrounded by smart-asses, that's for sure!
'heterosexual sex fun'!! HA!!

June 25, 2009 at 2:20 AM  
Blogger Carolyn...Online said...

I think you should go ahead and let him talk to your parents directly. They can tell him about starving and potatoes and the time they had to eat the cousin. Then he'll just keep his mouth shut and smile and nod for fear of what will come next. It will look just like politeness.

June 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Vodka Mom said...

He's gifted.

June 25, 2009 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger ♥ Braja said...

Sounds like he takes after his mum...

June 25, 2009 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger HappyHourSue said...

My mother always calls me after sending the kids presents in the mail. "Oh she DID get it? OH! because I hadn't heard from her! You really should have her write a handwritten note, you know."

Yeah, and I'll seal with sealing wax and load it on the Pony Express.

June 25, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Too funny, but it also may be completely true. Oh, the times my C put his foot in his mouth when he was just trying to do the right thing and wasn't sure what to do! Especially with a grandma he knew might be critical. I don't know if young Ladrinka has picked up on that yet, but C sure did, and it was hard for him when he was younger. He's got her more figured out now, though, and they have a great relationship these days.

June 25, 2009 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Charmaine said...

Boyz.

June 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Definitely a lawyer in the making that one!

June 25, 2009 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Kristine said...

Genius child - he takes after you, I'm sure.

June 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Wendi said...

That reminds me of when my little sister would open up a card, shake it, then say, "Nope, no money" and toss it over her shoulder.

June 25, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Andrea's Sweet Life said...

Good Lord the boy is smart.

June 25, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Mags said...

Yes, he definitely has those NY street smarts!!! LOL

June 25, 2009 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

oooohhhhh he's good, he's REAL good!

June 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger p.huong said...

Your boy never ceases to amaze me. I don't know how you keep up with him.

June 25, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

hahahaha, wow, he's GOOD!!!

June 25, 2009 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger A Woman Of No Importance said...

That little shiny apple hasn't fallen far from the Marinka-Tree, I'll bet!

June 27, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Lucy Filet (tafka Kylie) said...

Yes, that is one smart boy you have raised.

June 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM  

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