Thursday, July 8, 2010

Those Wacky Teenagers

Conversation with Ava and Nate from two days ago, as we got out of the car at our local shops...

Nate: Ew, Mom! Look! Somebody left bubble gum on the ground.

Me: (getting Grace out of car seat) Okay, that's fine. Just don't step on it--it's sticky. (Has sudden, terrible thought) You didn't put it in your mouth, did you?

Nate: No. (still staring at gum, which inexplicably holds some fascination for him)

Ava: Teenagers love bubble gum! They're always chewing it.

Me: (Distracted, holding Grace and wrestling the stroller out of the back of the car) They are?

Ava: (Nodding) Yeah. They just love it. They like to chew it a lot. Teenagers are always asking their moms to buy them bubble gum. It's weird!

Me: Wow...I had no idea that they liked it so much.

Ava: (nods wisely) Yeah.

(We start walking toward shops)

Nate: Mom, when I'm a teenager, will you buy me some bubble gum?

Me: Sure, bud.

Nate: (Stopping and looking at me) For real life?

Me: (enjoying the opportunity to appear benevolent) For real life. I will totally buy you some bubble gum when you're a teenager.

Ava: And me?

Me: Sure, why not? You can have some bubble gum too.

Both: Yea!

Oh Lord... if only that was all teenagers wanted! I don't know where they come up with this stuff...


  1. I love it! The other day Jude told me he wasn't going to want to try a beer until he was FORTY (which was very, very old to him). I should be so lucky.

  2. They are so cute! I wonder where they got that little tidbit?

    And Ava reminds me of Laura, acting like an expert on something she just made up.

    Buy them a dog AND some gum!

  3. What a neat conversation with Ava and Nate. Isn't it funny that they assumed the gum had been dropped by a teenager? They (teenagers) are so foreign and inscrutable. But Ava and Nate have it all figured out. Priceless!

  4. Avery was told at age 3 she could chew gum at age 4. Boy Howdy was that girl ever so excited to chew gum when she turned 4. She held out too... if she got gum at a birthday party she would always tell Cheryl and Bill she wanted to hold onto it until she turned 4. I love your kid stories, they make me miss mine! Well, sorta mine... I do have to give them back when I spend time with them : (