November 23, 2009

Evolution of Children

What is interesting through the years, is watching my children's relationships change with various people in the family. As my children grow, the way they relate to people changes.

On a bit of a segue, I'm not sure what is being watched on TV in your homes, but my home is full of The History Channel, The Food Network, and anything dealing with building or adventure, hence my walking in on them watching some guy teach them how to survive living in a desert by living in a camel carcass or hearing incessantly that 'insert something I say here' has been proven wrong by "Myth Busters".

Mr. T is the King of the Foodnetwork. Being a farmer at heart, the kid is up at 6AM on the weekends and will watch how to cook food while everyone else chooses to sleep. He knows all about the Neeleys, Rachel Ray, and other assorted chefs and can identify the show based on music. If he isn't watching the Foodnetwork, he's watching WWII HD or some other historical show on our military.

I honestly don't have a handle on this kid and his brain. It's like he has to know something about everything.

Anyway, so fast forward to this week. I walked in last evening to find my brother sitting around with my three boys. Everyone else was asleep. Monday Night Football was on as my kids have also become football freaks.

Keep in mind now, I watch NO TV, other than an occasional SEC football game. So my ability to relate to certain aspects of their lives is nill. I try to fake it.

So the four of them are sitting around watching Tennessee and ... someone wearing a red jersey... Houston I think, when Mr. T says, "Mom. You have to start watching Antique Roadshow! We always watch it and guess how much things are worth."

Me: *blink*

When speaking to children, when the word 'always' is involved, one must wonder... always as in truly all the time or always as in... we did it once and so therefore it is always?

And so I queried, "Always? And who is We?"

TN started to laugh.

Mr. T said, "Well... tonight we watched it..."

And TN continued, "Yeah, Dad, Mr.T and me."

Clarification, my bro, my Dad, and my son watched it one time. But it is always.

As I suspected.

Evidently a good time was had by all and now this is another show that Mr. T will add to his odd repertoire: Football, FoodNetwork, History, Myth Busters, Adventure Reality crap, and Antique Roadshow. Did I say he wanted to go to Georgia Tech? A straight A student... I'm at a bit of a loss as to his variety in taste.

And so we continued to watch football and I think it is the relationship with my brother and my sons that intrigues me the most. Coming from the same family, there is a similar sense of humor. Sarcasm can reign here and it is lost on no one, not even Bones, who can be the worst.

I was questioning something about Percy Harvin when the following conversation ensued to the best of my recollection:

Me: I wish Percy played for Tennessee.

Mr. T: No you don't. Tennessee sucks this year.

Me: How is Minnesota?

TN: #4.

Mr. T: They're doing great.

Something came up about Brett Favre.

Me: He plays for Minnesota?

Bones: Oh yeah, he's with Percy.

Me: I thought everyone hated Brett...

TN, laughing: Not anymore. He's having one of his best years ever... *and he proceeds to give me the run down on Brett and what he's done in his career*

Me: Hunh. I thought everyone hated him...

Bones: Yeah, well, they hated him because he got those two dogs to fight.


Me: *blink*

Ringo and T: *blink*

TN: *blink*

Me: I don't think that was Brett...

TN: You mean Michael Vick?

Bones: Oh. Yeah.

Me: Why don't we just make Brett a bigger jerk... make him fight two dogs...

And it continued...

It was just so daggum funny. It was just my three boys and my bro, talking football and what not and honestly, laughing themselves silly at times. TN was laughing so hard he was crying.

I loved it.

It's... nice.

Sidenote: I cannot get enough of my niece. I am so in love with that baby...

Posted by Boudicca at November 23, 2009 11:42 PM

These are the kind of memories I cherish with our daughters as they mature. (But they still won't bring home their friends for dinner...) :)

Posted by: Lemon Stand at November 25, 2009 10:31 AM

I'm envying you your Thanksgiving...mine was full of tenseness and snide remarks. But I do get to sleep in tomorrow.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 25, 2009 05:34 PM

He Who Shall Not Be Named is still unloved in my house and amongst my group of Packer friends. The Traitorous bastard.

Posted by: Contagion at November 25, 2009 06:13 PM

Like I "always" say...

Happy Thanksgiving LOOONG time!!!

Posted by: JihadGene at November 25, 2009 09:39 PM

Your son has good taste in TV. I watch a lot of the same shows. I quit watching the "big three" networks I grew up on back when cable and satellite TV were invented.

Posted by: George P at November 26, 2009 04:09 PM