A conversation with my son

Hmm, maybe I should ponder that.....

Hmm, maybe I should ponder that…..

Transcript 101. Jan. 14, 2016. 11 a.m.

11 a.m. Marla Jo Fisher, speaking to her 18-year-old son, Cheetah Boy, who is lying on the couch playing Grand Theft Auto:

11 a.m. MJF: You’d better start studying for your drivers’ license written test tomorrow.

11:01 a.m. CB: I already know everything to pass the test.

11:02 a.m. MJF: Regardless, you should study. There are a lot of tricky little questions on that test.

11:03 a.m. CB: I’m good.

Later that day……

2 p.m. MJF: I emailed you a link to practice DMV tests. You should turn off that video game and get on your laptop and practice the exam. Your test is early tomorrow.

2:01 p.m. CB: Okay thanks.

2:02 p.m. MJF: No, seriously. You really should.

2:03 p.m. CB: Okay, okay. Get off me.

Transcript 102. The next morning. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Outside the Stanton DMV office.

9:30 a.m. CB: I took the test twice and only missed passing by two questions, the first time, and one question the second time. The questions were stupid. One was about animals by the side of the road. Who cares?

9:31 a.m. MJF: Well, you should have studied like I told you. I hope it was a learning experience for you.

9:32 a.m. CB: I only missed it by one question, and it was a stupid one! It had nothing to do with studying.

9:33 a.m. MJF: You keep thinking of this as if it were winning the lottery. It has nothing to do with chance. It has to do with preparation. I hope you learned a lesson today about being prepared now that you’re an adult. Anything important requires preparation.

9:34 a.m. CB: Yeah, whatever. Will you bring me back this afternoon to take the test again?

9:35 a.m. MJF: Naw, probably not.

January 15, 2016

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Author: Marla Jo Fisher

Marla Jo Fisher is the Frumpy Middle-age Mom and the Deals Diva columnist for the Orange County Register, where she tries to be funny and save you money. Web: http://marlajofisher.com

6 thoughts on “A conversation with my son

  1. You are such a patient Mom.
    Thanks for sharing as recently had similar experience with grandchild.
    If does not pass 3rd time I believe he had to either take another paid training class or wait 6 monhs to take again. Yes they may Be “stupid” questions but stop and analize before making that entry. 3rd time a charm!

  2. Cheetah Boy/DMV –

    priceless – just priceless….totally hilarious & oh so true —….yep, been there with teenagers…all you can do is just shake your head & pray for hope cuz all the ranting ‘n raving ‘n yelling won’t even make a dent. Just pray, my friend !
    Hilarious writing – thanks !

  3. Way to go, Mom! It’s a way to teach self responsibility! You did what you could to advise him to study. He chose video games. IF it’s truly important to him to get his driver’s license, he will realize what he needs to do. It’s a good lesson towards becoming an adult. Also, good that you won’t re-do your whole schedule to take him back, right away. There is a lesson in that, as well! We do our job as parents well, when we help them to mature and grow towards their own independence…it’s possible that sub consciously he’s not ready to leave Momma’s couch(nest) quite yet. As long as that doesn’t prolong into his 30’s, it’s probably okay! Ha ha

  4. As I tell my grandsons, you won’t appreciate/understand our frustration until you have kids of your own.
    I’m less than sympathetic when my daughter complains about her sons. She behaved in similar fashion and drove me crazy and hates when I say that in front of the boys. Actually, as a grandparent, I relate better to them at the same age than I did with her. I’m retired – more time, less stress.

  5. The boy cheetah will soon learn that the purpose of “stupid” questions is to find out how stupid one really is. Love your retort. Hang in there, Mom.

  6. I just love reading about your trials and tribulations (and joys) or raising your kids. I was a single mother with three and when I came to California, my mother came with me. I was a the big bad wolf that came home from work and gave orders that I expected to be carried out, whether or not I was home. But I doubt I could have made it out here without her. I had a great support system, so I can imagine what you are going through! Keep up the good work.

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