Saturday, December 05, 2009

Conversations that have me reaching for the wine bottle

Me: Let's get this living room cleaned up now before bedtime, because we have someone coming over tomorrow morning.

Rae (the seven-year-old): Who's coming over?

Me: Alicia. She's babysitting you while I go out for brunch with my friends. She'll be over at 10:30.

Rae: When is she coming over?

Me: 10:30.

Rae: No, when is she coming over.

Me: 10:30. In the morning.

Rae [in an exasperated tone]: You don't understand what I'm asking. When is Alicia coming over?

Leah [trying to help]: Alicia is coming over at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

Rae [beyond exasperated]: You still don't understand. When. Is. Alicia. Coming. Over? Noon? Evening? When?

Me [getting a little exasperated myself]: Alicia is coming over tomorrow morning at 10:30.

Rae: You're not giving me the right answer!

Me [starting to lose it]: Yes I am. I'm giving you the exact right answer. Alicia will be here tomorrow at exactly 10:30 a.m. That is the only right answer. That's when she'll be here. At 10:30. In the morning. Tomorrow.

Rae: You don't understand. When is Alicia coming over? Early morning? Late morning? Noon?

Me: Oh. 10:30 is late morning.

Rae: Well why didn't you iust say so then? That's all I wanted to know. Why do you always make everything so hard?

Me: ....

[Sound of wine cork being pulled violently from the bottle]

14 comments:

  1. I can only imagine myself beating my head against a wall after a conversation like that.

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  2. i think somebody is getting a watch for Christmas?
    LOL
    :-)

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  3. I'm with Jen, I'd be thumping my head against the wall.

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  4. 10.30 is late morning? Really?

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  5. Jens - I considered the head thumping but opted to acquire a headache thru wine consumption instead.

    Clippy - I doubt that would solve the apparent communication problem we have going on here. But it would make a nice gift.

    Loth - during the week the girls are up at 6:15, so 10:30 is late morning for them.

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  6. See, my kids have me trained way better than that -- I would have known to say 'late morning' the first time she asked. Considering that when Eve stays home from school she often asks 'is school still going' at nine-thirty in the morning and Angus likes to get ready three hours before every hockey game, it seems obvious that telling them the hour of the clock is completely purposeless.

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  7. pour me a glass!

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  8. Sounds like a comedy skit from the Marx brothers or Abbot and Costello.;o)

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  9. We missed you so much today and am looking forward to the re-do in January...

    Stupid cars.

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  10. i think it might be an interesting social experiment to put Rae and Gracie in a room together and see what happens

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  11. I need wine after just reading that!

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  12. So, what you're saying is that you didn't make it to brunch because you were too drunk to drive? It had nothing to do with the car not starting???

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  13. Reminds me of some of the crazy mis-communications I have with one or two of my coworkers.
    Unfortunately, there's no wine here.;)

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  14. I had to reach for the booze in order to finish reading this. OMG!!

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