January 08, 2008

Hand Signals

My eldest has kind of had me wound tight lately. It is the norm. Its just his being his age.

And me being mine.

So today, in great frustration I said to the men I work with, "I'm done! This lack of communication! I cannot take it anymore! I'm not going to try anymore. I'm going to just get hand puppets and for now on we'll communicate via handpuppets because its got to be a lot easier than what we're trying to do now."


And when we outgrow this difficult communication stage, I'll just box them up and store them. And one day when he has his own 12 year old who is driving him around the bend...

...I'll go into the closet...

and get out the handpuppets...

and mail them to him with a little note that says...

Good Luck!


Posted by Boudicca at January 8, 2008 10:02 PM | TrackBack

Twelve is an AWFUL age. Though I've heard more than one parent say [in fact, one of them was today] that girls are waaaay worse than boys.

I don't know whether that's true. I will say, I was awful. The worst, most ungrateful little runt of a daughter. Hopefully, he's a bit better behaved.

Also, please don't be mad at me, but you are so cute when you rant.

Posted by: Erica at January 8, 2008 10:44 PM

hehehe for just a few seconds the part about your son didn't click and I thought you were talking about communication issues with the guys at work... I was just picturing little hand puppets popping over the side of the cubical going "DAMMIT JOE! I NEED THAT REPORT LIKE 20 MINUTES AGO!"

Posted by: Shadoglare at January 8, 2008 11:12 PM

Twelve is a dress rehearsal for 18. You want hand puppets now? You'll want the Team America marionettes when he's 18! Fortunately, there is a lull between these ages when you can rest up and regroup - and find a sale on puppets!

Posted by: Peggy U at January 8, 2008 11:25 PM

I can't honestly say if girls are worse because I have only daughters... BUT... add in all the PMS issues and I think it may tip the scales... :o)

Posted by: Lemon Stand at January 9, 2008 06:50 AM


You can always tell a 12 year old..but not very much! About all you can hope for is that you have instilled a value system in them that they will retain and that will keep them out of the slammer. For the next twenty years..if not longer..his decisions will be made as much by his hormones as by his brains and hormones are not always the most logical decision makers.

I am sitting here laughing because although it was a long time ago I still remember when I was 12 years old..damn sure not all that happy of memories...good luck kid, you are gonna need it.

Posted by: GUYK at January 9, 2008 08:23 AM

You see, his mistake was actually talking to you BEFORE he turned 12... my son always figured talking was for other people. He had that "stare" down by the time he was 4 years old. Our conversations consisted of:

Me asking question..
Him "grunt"
Me saying... Look at me... then going to stand directly in front of him...
Him "stare"

He still feels that one sentence is sufficient unto the day. I never thought of puppets though. I should've thought of that one. Heh.

Posted by: Teresa at January 9, 2008 11:35 AM

I remember a conversation I had at school when I was 12:

"TN, why don't you ever talk?"

"I have nothing to say."

Posted by: Toluca Nole at January 9, 2008 04:39 PM