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a man in training

a man in training

April 5, 2007

Today my 11 yr old son’s “girlfriend” called him on the phone. This is always a big deal.

Their “relationship” consists mostly of ignoring each other and pretending the other person doesn’t exist when in public, punctuated by phone calls once a month or so.

After he got off the phone today I casually, okay maybe more like pryingly, asked what they talked about.

“Oh she said something about a dance.”

“What sort of dance?”

“I don’t know. She wanted to know if I wanted to go.”

“Did she invite you like on a date?” I asked and tried not to let my voice crack as panic gripped my very heart.

“I don’t know. Maybe.”

“Or is it some sort of dance lessons she was wondering if you would be taking?”

“I don’t know. Maybe.”

“Do you know when this dance thing is supposed to be taking place?”

“I don’t know.”

“Why don’t you know anything?”

“She was talking so much. I kind of got confused and stopped listening.”

That Y chromosome. In one minute I went from terror over the thought of him going out in a date to wanting to smack him upside the head for being the embodiment of the male stereotype.

Posted by Chris @ 10:56 pm  

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  1. MyDuckies says:

    ahhh. To be young again!!

  2. Lisa says:

    You made my husband laugh! You should get a prize for that - he hardly ever laughs at something I read to him from a blog!

  3. Hol says:


  4. Nik says:

    Hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

  5. amy says:

    Oh.my.god. That literally was the funniest thing I have read today. In addition I was wondering if your son has a long lost older brother who might be my son? Exact exact statements have been made by the boy here — The Y chromosome thing about it is how unaware they are when they honestly tell us these things. Oh I am so worried that his future wife will blame me… I will have to pray that she has a son too so she can see that it is truly nature and not nurture. They are just made like that. Honest.

  6. Jennifer says:

    That is so funny! I love it. It also explains so, so much. Poor girl.

  7. Eve says:

    HA HA HA! IT starts at such a young age. My oldest son gets the glaze in his eyes when I try and get him on the phone with relatives. The phone, and the men in my life, they don’t mix.

  8. Carolynn says:

    Chris, I have now worked in Neonatal Intensive Care for 23 years and the boys are always renound for being sicker than the girls and a lot slower than the girls when it comes to things like getting around to feeding and generally a lot slower to recover from anything, this seems to follow them through life. Maybe this is why girls generally go out with and marry guys who are a bit older than themselves to make up for the developmental lag that seems to follow them wherever they go. I think that Y Chromosome has an aweful lot to answer to.


  9. Jennifer says:

    That is so funny! It gives me hope that when my girls start dating I’ll be doing as much snickering (to myself of course) as worrying.

  10. Karly says:

    Men! And Boys! Ugh!

  11. Pia says:

    That was too funny. Thank you for sharing.

    Now, do you plan on making him a better future husband or are you going to leave that whole mess for a future daughter in-law?

  12. Nicki says:

    That explains soo much about men, and when it all starts. Thanks for the laugh this morning.

  13. fairly odd mother says:

    Hilarious!!!! He sounds like my husband!

  14. CathyC says:

    WELL!!!?????!!! What is it? a dance date? when?? I would have HAD TO call the girl up myself and ask her all the important questions. Too funny.

  15. Personal Chef to 2 says:

    I can invision myself having the exact same conversation with my son in about 6 years or so. He might only be 5 BUT he’s perfected the vagueness technique when I ask him anything about his school day.

  16. nabbalicious says:

    That is too cute!

  17. Julie says:

    That’s the best laugh I’ve had all day. Your kids are a hoot.

  18. Mom of All Seasons says:

    “She was talking so much. I kind of got confused and stopped listening.”

    Snort. I can actually see happening whenever I go off on a rant with either my husband or 11 year old son - and.yet.I.can’t.stop.

    X & Y chromosomes, they screw us all up eventually.

  19. Holli Smith says:

    So there born with the selective hearing! That answers so many questions to me…also makes me feel like a good mom again… I can’t train my boy to listen!
    So funny!! Thanks for the laugh!

  20. Lianna says:

    Oh my goodness, your son is HILARIOUS! I literally LOL’d! haha

  21. Victoria says:

    BWAH! Too cute!

    Poor men…they can’t help it they were born this way :)

  22. Novaks8 says:

    Oh my gosh that is SO funny!

    I have a 13 year old boy and a 16 year old boy and it doesn’t get much better.

  23. kate says:

    that is so funny!

  24. cole says:

    I read that to my husband, who said, “hahahahaha…awesome.”

    “Maybe she was talking too much.”