Sunday, April 12, 2015

Girls And Boys.

It’s Easter Half-Term and Favourite Son and Favourite Daughter are staying with me for a week, four hundred miles away from their usual home with their mother. We’re in an Italian restaurant discussing the film we’ve just seen at the cinema.

Favourite Daughter: [12 years old, sipping her drink] It was a lot better than I expected. I actually cried a bit at the end. Did you Daddy?

Me: I did. A little bit.

(Whether or not I cried at the end of a children’s film is not important to this story. Leave me alone.)

FD: [To Favourite Son] Did you?

Almost 10-year old Favourite Son is engrossed in his dining experience, methodically rolling his dough-balls in his dish of garlic butter so they are all fully saturated to his required standard.

Favourite Son: What? No. Why would you?

Favourite Daughter: [Filled with soon-to-be-teenage imagined sophistication] Because WE are in touch with our emotions.

Favourite Son sighs with the full weight of his soon-to-be 10 years, puts his perfectly-garlic-butter-saturated dough-balls to one side and picks-up my mobile phone from the table. He puts it to his ear.

Favourite Son: Hello? Is that My Emotions? Hi. Just want to say we’re not really speaking, ok? And I’m eating. Bye.

He puts my phone down, briefly glances at me and his sister and returns his attention to his food.

All is silent for a while.

My nicoise salad (oh piss off) came with far too much of the same baked dough that FS is currently enjoying. I ask if anyone wants any.

Favourite Daughter: No thank you Daddy.

Favourite Son: [Absently, not looking-up from his plate] Yeah. Whatever.


Blogger Clarissa said...

This is precious. Always enjoy reading your posts!

2:46 am  
Anonymous looby said...

They obviously like playing off each other don't they? Most entertaining!

4:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good visit then, huh? I saw my 15 year old nephew on Saturday. When I was leaving I told him I said 'I love you, kid!' and he just said 'ugh'.


7:41 pm  
Blogger Tired Dad said...

Clarissa: Very kind, thanks.

Looby: I'm pretty sure they don't even know they do it. But yes - much fun.

Anon: Christ, even I know not to say 'I love you' to someone that age!

4:50 pm  
Anonymous Stephen said...

Reminds me of my own kids at that age. But you tell it oh so much better than I could.
And to Anon, it is a parent's inalienable right to embarrass their kids, it's payback for all the years they could do it to us.

5:24 pm  
Blogger BDM said...

Favourite son is destined for a great career, millennial sceptic that he is. Gotta love it.

4:22 am  
Blogger Tired Dad said...

Stephen / BDM: Thanks for commenting.

5:15 pm  

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