April 30, 2007

Blank Faces

We are back in the routine, getting up, going to school. The kids were sluggish this morning, not wanting to do anything but sleep. They had a wonderful weekend and are wishing they were still at their grandparent’s home.

This morning, however, hammered home that I am really living with a pre-teen. What I called the *blank stare* really bugs the ever living crap out of me, nearly as much as the monosyllabic answers. This is this morning’s conversation, as best I can recollect, he was sitting on the couch and I was at the kitchen table.

Me: Son, it is 6:52, you leave for school in 5 minutes and you’ve eaten nothing.

Ringo: *blank stare*

Me: You have to eat something…

Ringo: *blank stare*

Me: What time do you eat lunch at school, 11:30?

Ringo: yes.

Me: That’s 4 and a half hours from now.

Ringo: *blank stare*

Me: You’re going to get hungry. How about an apple?

Ringo: No.

Me: Cold grapes. You love those icy cold grapes I have in the fridge…

Ringo: *blank stare* ……… No.

Me: Fine.

Ringo: *blank stare*

The thing is, when you see him out and about, you never know that this is how he gets at home. Hell, at the wedding reception, I hear he was in the middle of the floor playing air guitar jamming out on his knees. People were telling me that and I said, “Who? My son?! My 12 year old?!”

But it is what it is. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. No clue who I’m ever going to get… I guess that’s part of the ride.

Ringo and Bou.jpg

My eldest boy and me just after the wedding.

Posted by Boudicca at April 30, 2007 11:16 AM | TrackBack

That is a GREAT photo of you both.

Posted by: Christina at April 30, 2007 11:39 AM

you both look fabulous! That picture's a keeper!

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 30, 2007 11:58 AM

what a fun picture!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at April 30, 2007 02:07 PM

Wow. That is a fabulous picture of you and the oldest. Wow.

Posted by: vw bug at April 30, 2007 02:46 PM

That pic is GREAT!! I love it.

And Ringo was showing *me* how to do that stupid left foot, right foot, hop, cha-cha, get down, flip, dance. He was going to down! He definitely won't be one to pull the white man's overbite!

Posted by: Sissy at April 30, 2007 04:17 PM

bou, what a doll ringo is and you look beautiful.

Posted by: shoe at April 30, 2007 05:34 PM

It'll only get worse before it gets better, Bou. We all did it up to a point. Well, except for me... I am and was an angel.

And that is a really great pic!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at April 30, 2007 05:47 PM

good lawdddddddddd, you both are geeeeorgious!

He's just tired mom...you will shape him back up. As soon as YOU recover. LOL

Posted by: imp at April 30, 2007 06:14 PM

Absolutely a gorgeous picture!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at April 30, 2007 07:39 PM

OMG! You both look gorgeous!!!! Fabulous.

Posted by: oddybobo at April 30, 2007 11:13 PM

Oh, I'm sooo familiar with the blank stare. And yes, I have a 12 year old too. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

Fabulous pic!!!

Posted by: Anita at May 1, 2007 06:12 AM

Wonderful picture! You both look absolutely gorgeous! :-)

And just to make you feel better - the "blank stare" starts earlier with girls. My eldest has it perfected and she's 10. *sigh*

Posted by: Richmond at May 1, 2007 07:39 AM

*blank stare*

I think my son was born with this stare... My daughter never employed it because she used "personality" to try and get around me (like that would work - Heh)

And the pic is wonderful - just wonderful!

Posted by: Teresa at May 1, 2007 07:10 PM

Excellent picture, Bou.

Posted by: zonker at May 2, 2007 05:20 AM

Yep, this is one of my favorite pictures. Ringo's chocolate eyes are like his hair and the water matches your eyes....what a couple of beauties!!! :-)

Posted by: mom at May 3, 2007 03:50 PM