I'm at work. My kids are not, because they have been off since Erev Yom Kippur. That's right, until the end of the Sukkot holiday. Isaac and I haul ourselves off to work and leave the beauties slumbering away. Doesn't seem very fair, does it?
It's about 12:30 PM. My cell phone rings. Ahh. I think to myself, one of the beauties has awakened:
Tali: Mommy, what are we having for dinner tonight?
Me: I dunno. (suspiciously) Why?
Tali: Can I eat Burger King?
Me: Burger King? Where are you?
Tali: I'm at the mall.
Me: The mall? There's no Burger King at the mall. You mean McDonald's (which just became kosher in Modi'in).
Tali: No, I mean Burger King.
Tali: I'm not at the Modi'in Mall, I'm at the Azrielli Mall in Tel-Aviv.
Me: Excuse me? Who are you with?
Tali: I'm with [my friend] Monica and Liat and Talya [Liat's friend].
Me: Noone asked me about [getting on a train and] going to Tel-Aviv.
Tali: I thought Liat told you.
Me: (somewhat annoyed) No, she didn't.
Tali: Oh......well, can I?
Me: Can you what?
Tali: Eat Burger King.
Me: If you are old enough to find yourself in a mall in Tel-Aviv, I think you're probably old enough to figure out what to eat. I'll see you later.
About 30 seconds later my phone rings again.
Me: Hi Liat.
Liat: Hi mommy.
Me: You failed to mention your little excursion to Tel-Aviv.
Liat: ממש שכחתי. I totally forgot. I'm really sorry.
Me: I just like to be informed, Liat, of where your adventures are taking place.
Liat: I know. I'm sorry. It was a very spontaneous thing. You would have let me go, right?
Me: Yeah, but usually it works like this: The kid calls the mom and ASKS, very politely.
Liat: It won't happen again, I promise. Can we see a movie?
Me: (dumbfoundedly)which one?
Liat: (pause) Uhm. It's called The Hangover.
Me: (laughing) I don't think so.
Liat: What if Talya's mother says yes?
Me: Then Talya can see the movie. Do you know what it's rated?
Liat: No. Maybe R.
Me: Yeah, well.
Liat: Okay, mommy. I love you.
Me: Me too. See you soon.
Gotta love life with teens.
The Stuff That Lasts, Part Deux
4 years ago