While this space is usually used to recount the utterances of our younger son, Sebastian, today the quip is from our older boy. Nathan now 17, is 6’4″, a senior in high school and finds his parents to be extremely un-cool.
Nathan: “Could you change the lightbulb in my bathroom?”
Me: “Why can’t you, exactly?”
Nathan: “I don’t know how.”
Me: “You’re joking. Please say you’re joking.”
Me: “I am too depressed to move, you are going to need to figure it out.”
He’s 17 and plans to go to college next year, clearly, we have failed as parents.
Moments later, he comes back.
Nathan: “I can’t reach it, what do I do?”
Me: “You can’t be serious.”
He just stood there, not responding.
Me (exasperated): “How about standing on a chair? Get the ladder? Grow taller?”
Nathan: “Wow! It’s pretty easy, you just turn it to the left!”