Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I have just come inside from breaking up a fight in my front yard. Charlotte was yelling at her sister, "AND YOU'RE SO RUDE! WITH YOUR [sneering] 'TWEEN' AND YOUR 'DUH' AND YOUR 'WHATEVUH'!!"

Emily retorted nastily, "I'm getting older, y'know! I say things I hear older kids say! I can't help it if I'm a tween!"

Apparently she learned she was a "tween" on Thursday night, from a younger friend.

If there's one thing I'm sick of, it's this endless, tiresome stratification of childhood. It used to be, you were a child until about 13, at which time you grew up, became a young woman, and let your skirts down.

Figuratively speaking, of course, since it was the 1970s and not the 1870s. My skirts were always more or less down, if by skirts you mean trousers, and now I am realising I have just said my trousers were always down. Moving on.


Tabatha said...

OH SHANNON, You are so awesome.

Carolyn said...

LOL! Why is it that letting your skirts down and letter your trousers down mean entirely different things? Along those lines, 'putting the windows up' (or down) can mean to either close them or open them. English is getting less useful, the older it gets.

kate said...

Snort. Totally unladylike, but you made me snort. I really needed a laugh today, so thank you.

Gwen said...

Love the first paragraph -- I need to say that to my daughter next time she rolls her eyes at me.