Wednesday, May 21, 2008

You Know It's Bad When Even GRANDMA . . .

. . . thinks your kid is a Demon Baby.

Sometimes I wonder if I am crazy. Maybe Demon Baby isn't so Demonish after all. Maybe I am just so stressed that I am not appreciating the fact that yesterday he cut a hole (with his fingers) in the back porch screen and threw all my glass candleholders out onto the concrete patio so they would smash while I was on the phone with my agent.

Maybe it's all about perspective. But . . . .

Yesterday, my iPod was on, and Rage Against the Machine came on. And he started doing it. That crazy, head-banging, karate-chopping punk dance of his. And my mom, who is visiting, watched him in amazement.

"It's not me, is it, Mom? He really IS a little . . . wild, right?"

"Well, he's not as laid-back as the other three. But he is a charmer."

"Yeah but . . . " And so we watched him punching the air.

"You know," she pondered. "He's going to be 14 and have an eyebrow piercing and a nose ring and blue hair, and a tattoo sleeve on each arm."

I nodded. "I know."

To which Oldest Daughter got incensed. "Oh, so you'll let HIM get a tattoo at 14, but you won't let ME?"

To which I just sighed.

And then I looked at him . . . and said to my mom, "He just is this way. And I'll still love him with tattoos and blue hair. Just so long as he stays sweet inside."

But . . . even GRANDMA sees it. I am not insane.

Exhausted, yes. Insane, no.

6 comments:

The Muse said...

Erica, I can so relate to this...

You should see my husband when Rage comes on. Wait, maybe you shouldn't.

Our little one loves the same as I do, Led Zeppelin--she even knows all of their names and can sing a few of the songs.

Take care!

Erica Orloff said...

Hi Muse:
Well, my little wild man loves Rage . . . so fitting, eh?

And Oldest (18) has discovered Hendrix . . . .
E

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Oh my God, he is so inventive in his attempts to get you off the phone. They all hate the phone taking away the attention but yours takes his retaliation to a new level. He certainly thinks outside the box.

Aimless Writer said...

Our office is rolling on the floor here! lol I love this kid.

Erica Orloff said...

Suzanne:
He got a lengthy time-out for that one.
E

Erica Orloff said...

Aimless:
Tell your office I am glad my misery amuses them. ;-)
E