Well, we rolled down to E-town last weekend for the bratty gurl's graduation. Hard to believe that she is at that stage in life, but it's a wonderful thing, and there is no prouder mother on the planet.
And so it was that my boo and I, along with The Heir, The Spare, and my Greenfield son did a roadtrip of three and a half hours there, and then back again, with a lunch, cupcakes, and a graduation in between. I've said it before -- travelling with these boys is hilarious, and this was no exception, with the exception of road construction. We got stuck in a gridlock before we even made it out of the city, and then again before Terre Haute, but somehow we still made it here in time for our lunch reservations. It's the in between that was typically hilarious.
Getting three young men up and ready and dressed in something appropriate for the occasion was going to be a huge endeavor, or so I thought. When we arrived to pick them up, however, all three were up, semi-dressed, and there was even a breakfast of scrambled eggs and pancakes on the stove. Hey, I think I must've done something right raising these boys.
When we got in the car, there was a long discussion about how tired they all were, given their late bedtime, and getting up earlier than usual. Thomas said he'd gone to bed early, and gotten up early. Chris mentioned that although he'd been to bed at his normal 2am, he hadn't gotten up till 9, and he usually gets up at 6, so he actually got more sleep than usual. This led to a discussion about when one makes up lost sleep. Seth said "I used to make up my sleep in trig class. Did the worksheets and then went to sleep. And I still got an A in the class."
I could've gone my whole life without knowing that. Oye vay.
Thomas has a love of the New York Times crossword puzzles, and typically spends his passenger time in the car working on them. He and the other two try to get the answers themselves, but if they get stuck, they toss it up to the front seat. Here is a small sample:
Thomas: "Mom, who's 'singer Lena'? Five letters."
Thomas (with a very curious tone): "Whore?"
Thomas: "It's five letters."
Me: "E. There's an E on the end."
Jim: "Yeah. H-O-R-N-E. Horny."
Thomas: "OH! Got it."
Oye and vay.
Later, I randomly heard the phrase, "How in the hell is that not Santa," which sounds pretty darned weird until you put together that they are talking about a crossword puzzle. The clue "Xmas visitor", had six letters and the third one was an E. I don't think they ever figured it out. Let me know if you do.
The most odd one to me was the clue "nerd." The answer was a five letter word, second letter E. And the three nerds in the back seat never did figure out what it was. Go figure.
Thomas: "Do possums climb trees?"
Seth: "Are you serious?"
The day has come with Seth has more sense than his brother. End times, I tell you. End times.