Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Afternoon Chat

Most of the time my son is pretty quiet but occasionally his talkative side emerges. I love it when that happens.

When I picked him up from school yesterday afternoon he was in one of his chatty (and funny) moods. Here are some excerpts from our conversation which had me rolling:

Will: My friend's dad just got a new Prius.

Me: Really? That's a cool car.

Will: Yeah, and it's really roomy.

Me: A Prius? Are we thinking about the same car, bud?

Will: Yes, mom. And it's probably just as roomy as our van.

Me: Hmmmm, okay. (Rolling my eyes while NOT arguing with a 12 year old).

Will: Hey, dad and I saw Mrs. P run a stoplight this morning on the way to school.

Me: You mean my very good friend Mrs P? She ran a stoplight?

Will: Yep. It was her. Dad told her she needed to slow it down. But of course she didn't hear him.

Me: (snickering).

Will: Can I have a coke when we get home?

Me: I don't think we have any, bud.

Will: Yes, we do. Mimi and Papa bought some cans and left them with us.

Me: Then sure, you can have one.

Will: I think I'll pop some popcorn too.

Me: Great idea.

Will: Hey mom, these two kids got in trouble at school for fighting. Now they have in-school detention every day and they have to stay in this little room during lunch. Not together though. They're in different rooms.

Me: What were they fighting about?

Will: I don't know but one kid hit the other on the back and they got in a LOT of trouble.

Me: So add that to your list of reasons not to fight at school, bud.

Will: Oh, I'd NEVER get in a fight, mom.

Me: Why's that?

Will: Because I'd lose!

(I'm pretty sure I couldn't hold the laughter in at this point).

Will: (Sticking the popcorn in the microwave) I know exactly how long to pop popcorn.

Me: I believe you, but I bet if you added another minute to your pop time you'd have all popcorn instead of half kernels, half corn. 

Will: Nah, that's okay. The kernels make my teeth strong. Most people don't realize that.

Me: (grinning) Okay, bud, whatever. (Too bad we don't have dental insurance for all those cracked teeth you could end up with).

Will: Can I play some Wii after I eat my snack?

Me: Sure, bud. You can. (Though I really wish I could keep you here talking with me.)


Carpool Queen said...

I love those conversations, as well. When it's not about what he needs to do or where he needs to be, but what he needs to SAY and I need to hear.

And now if you'll excuse me while I go blow my nose.

Christi @ Writing the Waves said...

Sounds like a pretty cool guy! I think I would like him! :)

And I have learned...after about the same number of years...sometimes it is best to just agree instead of convince them that you are in the roomy car example! Ha!

Mary said...

Aren't those times great? My son hardly speaks anymore, but he was really chatty last night and my husband and I just soaked it up.

Megan L Hutchings said...

Because I would lose...LOL!

I love hearing about all of your stories with your kiddos :)!

The Bowden's said...

Aw, this makes me smile! :)

Melissa said...

What a sweet post!

He must have missed you while you were gone.

Tiffani said...

Oh, how I loved this!!

I can't wait to watch Connor continue growing into a young's both scary and wonderful all at the same time, I bet.

The popcorn cracked me up! Strong teeth, indeed!

Unknown said...

I love these conversations...especially with The Boy. The Girl is fun too, its just that she has A LOT of words to say in one day...the Boy just a few (of course it may be hard for him to get a word in edge wise around here).

I especially love this preteen age, where the talks may be infrequent, but the content is refreshingly transparent!

Anonymous said...

I'm one of the "most people" who didn't know that about the popcorn kernels! Good to know!

I LOVE the chatty times. It just makes me smile from the inside out! Thanks for sharing this sweetness with us!

Scrapper Mom said...

oh you have no idea how much i miss those. my baby is 18 now, but he used to come home and ask if we could have a 411. i would stop everything i was doing to listen. it was wonderful. cherish them while you can bc once he gets a girlfriend it's her that will be getting the earful..(sigh) (didn't that make you feel good?)

Jennifer said...

Love it! i think it's the best when our kids 'want to get chatty' with us. I eat it all up! :)

Since I've been under the weather, my boys have been especially helpful to me. Last night we were watching the results of Dancing with the Stars and Biggest Loser. My middle son and I were sitting on the couch and he leaned over on my shoulder. Then he said you know I have the best mom in the whole wide world. Even Europe! (OK, I know that Europe is in the world, but apparently my son forgot that! LOL) I said thank you baby why do you think that. He said because you are always nice to me and help me with my homework, even when you'd rather blog or something. LOL

Gotta love what comes out of our kids' mouths! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Chele said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing and reminding us of what is really important ...

Cathy said...

Love those convos.

Props to you for REMEMBERING it all! I tell myself I've got to remember them and then a half hour later can't seem to remember anything! sheesh.

Brenda said...

I'm sure you're cherishing every single moment.
He's a smart one concerning fighting!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...


Did you tell your friend your son ratted her out?! LOL.

"I'd lose!" - too funny. Best not go there, even if he's wrong. :)

His Girl said...

*smiling ear to ear* ahhhhh these kinds of conversations are just so precious.

Michele said...

So sweet! I hope my little boy will still be talkative at that age even though we sometimes pray he will stop talking for maybe just a minute right now. He never, ever stops!

Gretchen said...

I'm not sure, but it appears as if my comment was eaten. Doesn't martyr to me...

He's a gem, Mer. Wise and gentle and funny. Glad you had your time together. And I know...those moments are never long enough.

Amber said...

Boys. *sniff*

This is the stuff that really matters, isn't it? They are just never long enough.

Kimberly said...

So, do you think a day will come when my boy DOESN'T chat or sing all day long? Wow. He talks nonstop from the time his eyes open until he falls asleep at night. He's been like this since the night he was born. Seriously. He stayed up chatting to himself while Daddy and I feel asleep.
Enjoy the crackers. :)

Aspiemom said...

He sounds like a sweet kid!

I love those times, too. My 14 yo son will get in talking jags in the car and we have some pretty good discussions!

"I'd lose" - he's quite funny!

Rmomof3 said...

Precious Meredith!

Michele said...

Awww. . . what a sweet conversation. I love times like this! He sounds like a sweet boy! I loved the part about him not fighting and eating popcorn kernels. I LOVE popcorn kernels . . . now I have an excuse to eat them 'cause they will make my teeth strong.