This post has no real point other than to wonder aloud at what my kids hear when my mouth is moving. Believe me they all do this, but today I'm focusing on my 16 year old son. For those of you that have a teenage boy, you'll know what I'm talking about. I'm not sure what is going on in his mind, but he CANNOT remember to put his things away to save his life. Sometimes, I get to thinking that it must be my fault, but then I experience that blessed moment when another mom of a teen quietly admits that her son does this, too.
There are moments in parenting when you can either rant and rage, or you can laugh and blog about it! Today I'm going to show you some pictures and imagine what the thought process might have been behind these decisions.
Exhibit A: dirty t-shirt tossed on the kitchen floor
Hmmm. Mom is nagging me again to get my dirty shirt off the dining room table. What does she expect me to do with it?!? Oh, I'm so hungry. Got to get to the kitchen. What's this shirt doing in my hand? Oh, yeah, I'm supposed to put it away. Could put it in my dresser, but really what purpose do dressers serve? Plus, it's all the way upstairs and I might want to wear it later. Aaah, a corner of the kitchen floor! That's the perfect place! Why don't we just keep all our clothes in a pile by the door and we can grab them on the way out?!? Genius! Mom is going to love this idea!
Exhibit B: school papers laying on the floor
What did Mom say to do again? Oh, yeah. Clean out my backpack. (Sigh of dread). Hmmm, I took all the papers out, but now what should I do with them? She only said to take the papers out of the backpack. She never said to throw them away. I mean I'd have to walk all the way into the next room to put them in the trash, or I could just throw them here on the floor. If it was up to me, I'd totally just throw everything on the floor. I did what she asked and if she wanted the papers in the garbage can, she should have said something. I'm going with my leave it all on the floor idea!
Exhibit C: water bottle perched on top of the van
That was a great bike ride! I'm awesome! So thirsty. Water bottle. Hmmm, I think I may have heard Mom harping on putting my water bottle away when I'm done. Always nagging! Okay fine, but where? Surely she doesn't mean to bring it in the house with me and lay it in the sink. That wouldn't make any sense. Let's see...top of the van! That's genius! Why hasn't mom thought of this? I mean if we just put all our dirty dishes on top of the car, then the rain can wash them and they'll air dry while we drive around town. I should be on Shark Tank!
Yep, I can hear Mom talking, but I have no idea what she's saying...