July 1, 2013

Stupid Old Bum Head

It was early evening. Everyone was done at the pool and had taken their showers. Beth and I were cooking dinner while Owen and Mia were upstairs our our bed each with an iPad. An argument broke out. I don't know what it was about, which Angry Birds is better - Space, Rio, Star Wars or the old-school original - or how easy a particular level of Candy Crush was - but Mia ended up hitting Owen in the face and, in response, he shoved her off the bed. A great deal of whining and accusation fell over the land. After each were checked for bruises and bleeding and everyone's limbs were counted, I sent them both to their rooms. At which point, Owen called me a stupid old bum head. And I laughed directly in his face. Not out of retaliatory insubordination but because it was funny. Offensive, yes, but also hilarious and vaguely British.

Owen's in that maddening place in which he's pushing every button and testing every boundary. It's annoying as hell but, occasionally, very funny.

Posted by Chris at July 1, 2013 7:45 AM

That sounds exactly like my 5 year old. It's hilarious yet infuriating.

Posted by: Claire at July 1, 2013 9:17 AM

After seven long and somewhat too lax years of parenting, I now know that when my son calls me a meanie, I am doing something right.

Posted by: rebecca at July 1, 2013 12:28 PM

awesome. When my daughter, 3, accuses me of being 'fussy', its hard not to break out in laughter.

Posted by: j at July 1, 2013 2:03 PM

I hope you're putting that on your business cards now.

Posted by: lumpyheadsmom at July 10, 2013 5:00 PM