Saturday, December 19, 2009

Heard from the Back Seat

.... so my poor, stressed out, UPS man husband is up in the mountains this weekend with his buddies for a "guys weekend" (read: steaks and Grey Goose), and the kids and I are at home. I decided to take the kids out for shopping and dinner (crazy me... Atlanta Christmas traffic).

Anyway, as we're stuck in mall traffic, moving at a snail's pace, and my 13 year old son decides to quiz my 12 year old daughter in the backseat regarding "historical trivia". The results were priceless. It went something like this:

J: What was the name of the ship that took the pilgrims to America?
S: The Titanic?
J: Are you kidding?
S: (after a long silence) No.
J: No, it was NOT the Titanic. It was the Mayflower.
J: Ok, let's try another one. Why did the pilgrims come to America?
S: Were they ill?
(at this point, I'm laughing hysterically, but silently... tears are streaming down my face.... suffice it to say that history is NOT my daughter's strong suit....)
J: NO, they were not ill. (He sighs loudly.)
J: OK, how about this. Who did the Americans fight?
S: (starting to get exasperated... she doesn't want to miss a 3rd question..) What do you MEAN who did the Americans fight? We've fought LOTS of people!
J: I'll give you a big hint. They wore RED COATS.
(I almost wreck the car at this point, I'm laughing so hard....)
S: (triumphantly) The British!

J and I both start to clap. We're thrilled she got one right.

I love being a mom. Even though my kids aren't little anymore, and the "magic" of Santa is long gone, moments like this one are priceless.... I loved this!


Kay said...

Very cute! Glad you had a fun distraction from the awful traffic mess. : )

ChiTown Girl said...

AW...thanks for sharing such a sweet moment with us. I've missed you, Girlfriend!! I hope things are going well over at your place. Merry Christmas, my Bloggy Buddy!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Thanks girls! It was indeed a cute moment.... and, when 12 and 13 year olds are concerned, "surly moments" are more the norm than cute moments. :)

Merry Christmas!

74WIXYgrad said...

Sounds like there was at least one future congressional candidate in the car.

karen gerstenberger said...

This is priceless! I remember such conversations between David (the studious one) and Katie (the dreamier one). She would not take the bait for long, though. She was smarter than he was in her own ways...but not necessarily the ways that school rewards.
I'm so glad that you are enjoying your beautiful kids. Hope you have peaceful, happy and fun-filled days off with them and the Hubs. Merry Christmas to you all!

Busy Bee Suz said...

They are so darn funny.I can picture this entire scenario.

ps. Let S know that History is just a bunch of old stuff anyway...not really important. :)

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Cliff, it reminded me of those Jay Leno "man on the street" interviews! Hilarious!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Karen and Suz - glad y'all enjoyed it! Christmas blessings and joy to you both!

Jason, as himself said...

Yep, its moments like these that make life good.

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

merry christmas, girlfriend. i love you. xoxo.