1/27/10

This coin has two sides...


Dear Sassy,

I just wanted to tell you how proud I was last Saturday, as I watched you sit with the gentleman conducting your admissions interview at Smith and Wesson University here in the lovely state of Oregon.

You were poised and articulate, and I had to force myself to see you as the beautiful young woman you have become, and not the pig-tailed tomboy I watched throw mud balls at her sister in the back yard.

I was so very proud of the fact that both the admissions counselor (and the college coach who met us there) had only glowing things to say about you, and your interview.

It sure is a good thing they weren’t at our house Friday night when you unleashed the screaming, hormonally-charged banshee rant upon your mother.


But then, they didn’t ask you to clean the kitchen now, did they?





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46 comments:

Anne said...

Oh wait, maybe I don't want to know...

But which is worse... birth or any random week with teenage girls...

Ya know, if you loved me, you'll lie...

I will have 3 eventually.... July will turn my first 13.

Suzy said...

WHO HELPED YOU PUT THAT WIDGET AT THE END OF YOUR BLOG POSTS AND I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WON'T TELL ME HOW YOU DID IT AND I HATE YOU AND WE'RE HEADING FOR DIVORCE MY FRIEND.

Love,
Suzy

3 Men and a Lady said...

Suzy just click on "linkd within" and it'll give you the code and directions. It's totally easy.

Vodkamom- I love how you used "banshee rant" to describe her actions. Classic!!

Frau said...

My Mother used to always call us House devils School Angels!

SweetPeaSurry said...

Oh you poor dear, congrats to Sassy though!

Ellie said...

As long as she won't be graded on her kitchen-cleaning skills...

Vodka Logic said...

At least you taught her to behave and I admit to a bit of banshee behavior myself from time to time.

mo.stoneskin said...

So did her mother clean the kitchen in the end, or just have a beer out in the garden to cool down?

Kellyansapansa said...

I think it's called karma ...

Secretia said...

That's a good one, Moms know the truth!

otin said...

Funny how kids can be so good and praised by strangers, but can be so mean to their parents at times. I think that my Mom could tell you some stories.

Brian Miller said...

one day when she is rich and famous you can write the behind the scenes exclusive and it will pay for someone to clean for you..lol.

Not The Rockefellers said...

Isn't there a saying that goes:

"Street angel, house devil?"

Peace ~ Rene

Vodka Mom said...

Mo- She cleaned it alright - but I paid a dear price for it.

WeaselMomma said...

Ah, what joy, adventure and razor sharp reflexes teen girls bring into our lives.

Deb said...

I once burst out laughing at a sports banquet when my son recieved an award for Hardest Worker. I always said I should buy dishes shaped like soccer balls.

CatLadyLarew said...

Oh, yeah! Good thing they don't need references from siblings for college!

Scope said...

The pigtails and mudball incidnet was 3 weeks ago, wasn't it?

Snappy Di said...

Gives Sassy a congratulatory side-kick in the britches.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Gaston Studio said...

Ha! Public faces and private faces. Love it.

Joanie M said...

Congrats to Sassy! Now I'm trying to translate Smith and Wesson into something else and I think I got it.

CSY said...

Congrats to Sassy! So VM, you're telling me that the scene in my kitchen this week {because it was Girl Child's week to clean and she hadn't yet...after being told TWICE} is only going to get worse?!?!?!?! I have only one girl child and now I'm terrified! Of course she may not make it to 13 and a day the way she's going.

Lisa said...

When I read these posts I feel relief. So many of my friends have perfect children and make me feel like I've fucked up. I mean, I HAVE fucked up, but they've got some nerve reminding me.

Great news for Sassy!

SuziCate said...

Amazing how sweet they are in public...but we moms know the truth. Someday they might have kids of their own and then they'll get it!

Michele said...

So is Smith and Wesson out of town? And how far? Having sent two smelly caveman boys to college I've found that 90 miles is the optimum distance for the parent/child relation.

Keyona said...

We all have two sides to us don't we....

blognut said...

I think maybe college admissions staff SHOULD ask the interviewees to clean the kitchen. It would give them a truer picture of what they were getting, wouldn't it?

But then none of our kids would ever go to college.

mepsipax said...

That... that is why I am dreading the teenaged years. Terrible twos are bad but that... that is just frightening.

Steven Anthony said...

I have no kids, so I cant relate, and I was a perfect teenager...lmao;)

justsomethoughts... said...

got to be good lookin' cause he's so hard to see...

just making my way said...

Sounds like our teacher/parent conference for the Wonderboy.

"He's quiet? Are you sure you're talking about OUR kid?!?!"

Fiftiesmom said...

At home I can ask one of my 3 to do something like load the dishwasher and I hear "I did it last time" "(insert sibling name) never does it" and my personal favorite "I already put MY dishes in." But daughter number 1 spends a week with her boyfriend's family and all I hear is how helpful she is- setting the table, slicing vegetables, entertaining the nieces and nephews. I expected to hear she had plowed the back 40 after she chopped wood. This is the same 20 year old who will call me from home while I'm sitting in a faculty meetin at 5 f----ing o'clock and ask what I'm cooking for dinner.

Paige Lacey said...

I'm glad mine isn't the only kid who's only well-behaved when there are witnesses...

Scobberlotcher said...

Well-raised children return to what they've learned. You should give yourself kudos.

Poppy Buxom said...

Last night I told my daughter that she has all the mannerisms of an operatic diva, so it was time to start working on her voice.

::snirk::

Roshni said...

my mom always used to get exasperated with my 'good behaviour' in public and she once asked me why I always "banshee-ranted" at home and yet so nice in public. I gave her a look and said, "I don't want other people to know how badly I've been brought up"!!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Oh dear... Sassy in college, though... That's a benefit, eh?

A Mom on Spin said...

Couldn't have said that one better myself!

Melissa B. said...

Yup, been there. Sometimes I wonder if the "world" is seeing the same children I raised. An elementary school teacher once told me, though, that if my chicas know how to behave in public, then I've won the battle. Fingers crossed...

Pastor Sharon said...

(read this with a whine)

M o m.......Gosh. . .

the mama bird diaries said...

Well said! Reminds me of myself at that age. Oh boy.

Fragrant Liar said...

I see she's maturing and learning to adapt.

Where does she get it?

Meagan@Megs7827 said...

That is awesome that she had a good interview. Girls that age are so difficult! It will be better soon! I screamed and cried a ton in high school and am now best friends with my parents.

Anna See said...

EEEEk! I can relate, you know I can, and my banshee is 8!!

Awake In Rochester said...

LOL! I hope that doing the dishes isn't in the job discription.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

You always give me so much to look forward to with my charming (to everyone else) three year old daughter...