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The Snapper has finished his fifty hours of permit driving and has scheduled his driving test for this week.  I said, "Funny, it seems like just yesterday that you removed the front door of that store with our car" and he said, "Drive through office supplies are the next big thing."

I said, "I have to be honest, I'm not sure I'm ready for this" and he said, "Mom, this is the moment the world has been waiting for."  

Uh-huh.

The Snapper said, "Really, everyone's waiting for me to pass this test so I can drive them around."  I said, "Isn't it a little presumptuous to be making those plans before you've passed the test?" and he said, "Mom, you obviously didn't follow Obama's European tour."

And here I thought the only tour he was watching last week was The Tour De France.

I said, "I was trying not to follow his semester abroad, actually."  Wally jumped in.  He said, "It was kind of a waste because Obama didn't get to meet Carla Bruni.  I said, "Well, he got to meet Sarcozy" and the Snapper said, "That's like watching a football game without the cheerleaders."

Wally said, "Since we're talking about  semesters abroad, I'd like to sign up for a semester in Germany."   I said, "That's great! Are you adding a double major in languages?" and Wally looked at me disdainfully.  He said, "No, I'm running for President."

The Snapper high-fived him. I said, "Honey, I believe you can be anything you set your mind to, but you need a little more experience under your belt than a government major and a semester in Europe."  Wally said, "Mom, that's such a 20th century approach to government."  

I said, "Experience is so over you mean?" and he and the Snapper nodded. I said, "Okay, well, I've traveled a lot, can I run for president?" and Wally said, "You can try, but you are a woman, and you know how the last one turned out."  I said I unfortunately did. He added, "Plus, you don't have a page on Facebook."  

A disqualifier if I ever heard one.  

Wally pointed out that without Facebook, I wouldn't be able to raise enough money to run for office.  I said, "You mean, raise enough to circumvent public financing?" and he said, "Whatever."

I said, "Let's get back to the driving test for a minute.  I don't understand the rush—why not get a little more time under your belt?"  

The Snapper said, "My friends are texting me all the time, asking me to go for it.  It's way beyond just me at this point.  I've become a symbol Mom."  

"Of what?" I asked.

"Of the possibility of teens having some freedom.  I am the one they've all been waiting for, trust me, I know."  

I said, "You know what? Your friends don't get to vote on this.  I do. And until I say yes, you don't get to be the presumptive chauffeur for your friends."

He stormed out of the room, followed by Wally.  George passed them on the way in.  I said, "We have to disconnect the FIOS for awhile." George was okay with that as the British Open is over, but he wanted to know why.  I said, "Because they're watching all Obama all the time on the news and it's having a bad impact on their behavior."  

George said, "Don't worry.  Reality will hit in the fall."  I said, "You mean when they return to school?" and he said, "No, when the general election gets going."



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