Wah! Wah! Wah!
Today my twelve year old son, Cole, lost 6 points on his Math test because he did not follow through with something I told him to do. I was a little miffed, because I had talked with him, at length, about the specific application five minutes before the test! As I verbally corrected him, he began to pull his head down into his sweat-jacket hood, like a turtle hiding from a dangerous predator. Eventually I could not even see his face, just two eyes that peeked out at me from inside his hood. He looked like one of those creatures from Stars Wars.
Do you ever feel like you are one of those unseen parents from the Charlie Brown cartoon? You can hear yourself, but your kids respond as if your are saying, “Wah, wah, wah, wah-wah.” They stare back at you like a deer in the headlights. Welcome to my world! Sometimes I think we mothers don’t even need a face, just maybe a mouth to yell with, two arms to make dinner and legs to go running
after nutty young men who love to drive crazy women like myself nuts.
So today, as I spoke to Cole, I finished yet another rendition of “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth!” Then I calmed down and tried to stop acting like the world had exploded from six points on a Math test. “Well what do you have to say?” I said waiting for his response. You will never believe what that little dickens said to me!
Those two eyes peeked out at me and I heard his voice say, “I saw your mouth moving, but all I heard was ‘Wah, wah, wah, wah.’”
I’m not even kidding,
he actually said that. Then of course he ran for his life.
Troy Perkins lives outside Chicago with her husband and three children.