My daughter seems to be caught between a child and a teenager – while she still needs massive amounts of attention at the same time she seems to resent this attention – so often our conversations go like this (for example)
While watching “Journey to the centre of the earth” (not a bad movie simple, and theme park like)
B : Oh. My. God
me : What?
B : That was just soooo random.
me : What? (genuinely confused)
B : did you see that bit where she jumped from her mine cart across to his? it was like waaaah! (hand gestures) and she jumped.
me: Yes, I know, I was watching too
B: but she was like this, she was like waaaahhh! (more elaborate gestures) and then she was in his mine cart.
Me: Yes , I know, I’m watching too…
B : But she was just like w…
Me: yes, I know, don’t you want to hear this bit?
B: (rolls eyes) whatever (huff)
Me: Don’t speak to me like that please. (might be more accurately written as “you do not speak to your mother like that” – but that makes me sound like my mother *shiver*)
B : (huff)
B : Oh. My. God.
Me : WHAT
B. Did you see that? that bit where the ground just cracked and they all fell down, it was like…
And so it continues – it doesn’t matter what we are watching. Right now we are watching some airport show and she is Oh.My.God and Did.You.See-ing all over the place – so it ends up that we generally hear about 40 % of any DVD or television show watched.
If there is something I really want to watch I am learning that judicious application of icecream or something very chewy like that rice bubble and marshmellow mixture is neccesary to stop this constant dialogue.
And as much as I love that she is interested and surprised, really there is only so many times I need to hear about something I just saw too…Thus my parental patience wears thin.
But this doesn’t only happen with TV – oh no, you should hear about the things the cat does – it jumped, just like that, like so random (for a cat, to jump off the back of a couch) now we will be hearing about that for the next two days…