I think I've told this story here before, but when I was about 5 or 6 years old, I was IN LOVE with one of my brother's friends. I mean, ALL CAPS-hearts and flowers-wanted to marry in love. My mother tried to convince me that I was too young, but I wasn't having it.
Finally, she took me into the kitchen and stood me next to the stove. I barely cleared the top of the range. "Look," she said. "When you're married, you have to cook for your husband. You can't even reach the stove."
Huh. Well. Apparently, that satisfied me and I no longer wanted to rush down the aisle.
Recently, out of the blue, Punkin announced that she wasn't going to college.
"Really?" I asked. "You don't HAVE to you know. But it makes it a lot easier to get a job."
"Oh, I'm not going to get a job either," she blithely replied.
That's what you think, sister, I thought to myself.
"What about that convertible you said you wanted," I reminded her. "The black one with pink and purple flames?" (I can't WAIT to have that parked in my yard!)
"How are you going to pay for gas to drive it? You have to have money to buy gas to make your car run."
"Okay, I'll get a job."
Practicality, like stubbornness apparently, runs in the family I guess.
5 years ago