Quote of the Week

September 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Mom, I’m going from patient to pissed!”

That eloquent statement recently came out of my 3rd grader’s mouth. And, here’s the story behind what provoked my Little Dude to say such a thing.

It was the 2nd day of school and at our elementary school, pick-up at the end of the day occurs in the playground.  All of the parents and caregivers congregate and mingle outside while waiting for our kids to be dismissed.  This day was bright and sunny, perfect for  post pick-up socializing, especially amongst us moms who hadn’t seen each other all summer.

One mom friend, who is a talented writer and who also recently published her first book, came over to chat with me.  We have three kids the exact same ages and grades so we had a lot of note-comparing to do, especially with our 9th graders, who were adjusting to new high schools and routines.  We became engrossed in conversation, discussing first our kids and then her book, my new blog, and so on.

Little Dude was sitting next to us, not uttering a word.  As our chitchat showed no signs of slowing down, Little Dude rose to his feet and started nudging me by tapping my leg.  A few minutes after that, he started tugging my arms, but I wasn’t finished talking because we were discussing her book publicity and as an aspiring author who hopes one day to have her own book publicity, there was no way I was ready to leave that playground yet.

“Just two more minutes, sweetie,” I said to my arm-pulling boy.

Now, let me point out to you that Little Dude is my most mellow child and as laid back as they come.  I figured I at least had another five minutes of chat time if I could rely on his easy-going personality.  Except I didn’t factor in that he was tired (yes, I’m at fault; we’re still on late summer bedtimes in my house), hungry for that afternoon snack, and thirsty from the 80+ degree temperatures.  He had finally had enough.  Little Dude loudly declared:

“Mom, I’m going from patient to pissed!”

I laughed, even though he was nowhere near joking.  And then I complimented him on such a creative phrase that he came up with all by himself.  I thought my sucking-up might buy me a few more minutes, but he was having none of that.  I said good-bye to my friend and gave her that all-knowing “I surrender” mom look followed by a promise to catch up again soon.  I took hold of Little Dude’s hand and while walking out of the playground, thanked him profusely for being such a patient (albeit now pissed) boy.  If I butter him up enough, maybe next time I’ll be able to actually finish my conversation.  Or not.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley September 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

That is a good line. It’s true! I may have to use that with my kids…


ohboymom September 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for your reply Ashley and I agree — good line to use with our little ones!


Carrie September 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Ahaha. That’s awesome. Kids say the craziest things and usually at the most inopportune moments. It’s even funnier when you aren’t expecting it. My daughter (she’s 3) said hi to a big biker guy the other day in a restaurant. Not only was talking to him out of character but what she said made us all laugh. “Hello DUDE”.

Great post! :)


ohboymom September 17, 2012 at 1:23 am

Thanks for your comment Carrie! And that’s hysterical about your daughter too! Thanks for sharing that.


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