As of 9:08 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 30, 2009, I am officially no longer cool. I know - it's a shocker!
While talking to our 14 year old about the Garfield Heights Middle School 8th Grade Dance, I started talking about what he was going to wear. He wants to wear a suit (a NICE one, Mom!). He wants his Dad to take him (NOT you, Mom!). He does NOT want me taking pictures outside or showing up at the dance to take pictures of him (only in the house, Mom!). I look at my husband and calmly asked "What's HIS problem with me tonight?" Instead of letting his Dad answer, Kennyth pipes up with "Because you are SO not cool and I don't want people to know!"
I suppose that should have hurt my feelings, huh? I suppose I should have come back with something snarky like "Right back atcha, bub!" I didn't though.
I realize that I am not as young as I was when I suffered through labor and delivery with him (isn't that what all mothers are supposed to say about their childbirth?). I realize that I don't wear the latest trendy outfits anymore, if I ever did - but that's probably a topic for another post. (I spend my days in sweats or jeans and t-shirts, covered in milk stains, various food residue, baby spit-up, and other things that I don't want to go into here.) I realize that I'm strict - my kids aren't allowed to free-roam. (They get taken to and picked-up from wherever they go by either me or their dad, they can't walk anywhere that is more than a block from our house, they've never ridden a bus alone except the school bus, they don't spend the night at just anybody's house, we monitor their telephone usage, they don't watch any movie unless we've seen it first, and they are not allowed to use the Internet unless one of us is monitoring. All my rules.)
Instead of that quippy comeback, I simply said, "That's fine. You may think I'm "SO not cool" (yes, I used the finger quotes) but guess what? I don't have to be. But when you bring home your first real girlfriend, I'll be "SO not cool" and tell her all the great stories I have lined up about her "SO cool" boyfriend. So talk to the hand! HOLLER!"
That didn't go over so well. But YOU think I'm cool, don't you?? (Just say yes, make me feel better!)
~Renae - Market 4 Real!
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