Sunday, March 19, 2017

"I'm Hungry"


Knock, Knock.

No, this isn't the start of a really bad joke. Or maybe it is. I was in my bedroom, frantically writing lesson plans for the week (nothing like procrastination!), when my son knocked on the door. He has started knocking (a good thing) because he's terrified that he will catch his mother in a state of undress. 

"Come in," I called out. 

"Where's Dad?" he mumbled, stepping into my room.

"He's at the store," I answered, imagining that would probably be the end of our conversation.

"Shouldn't he be making French toast? I'm hungry," my teenage son replied.

"Are you serious?" 

I'm still stupefied by his response. Apparently, it has become our job to make sure that there is food ready for him when he emerges from his cave of a room. Poor kid. It must be rough living in a house with such poor service.

I tried to explain that in order for us to make him breakfast, we have to actually have food with which to make it.

"But he's been gone forever," he told me.

"He's buying groceries for the week," I explained. And really, his dad had not been gone forever. It was more like 30 minutes.

"Why?" my child moaned.

"Why? Because we need food." Somehow that seemed quite obvious to me, but then I'm not a teenager stumbling out of bed at 9:00 in the morning.

Heading back toward the door, apparently unsatisfied with the answers I was giving him, my son threw back over his shoulder, "I'm going to the store to get some food."

"Jared! That's what your father is doing. What is the matter with you?" 

"I'm just hungry, I guess." And slightly irrational, I wanted to add.  But that probably wouldn't have been entirely fair, as I have been known to get a bit irrational myself when I need food.

My son closed the bedroom door and slunk off to who knows where. I'd like to believe it was to his room to clean it or to the computer to complete his homework, but I am not that delusional.  

Ah, teenagers! Thinking about our exchange, all I can do is shake my head and laugh. And write about it, of course!

17 comments:

  1. This makes me chuckle. My son is only 6 and can be so dramatic about being hungry. He already has quite the appetite. I am nervous how much food we will go through when he gets older!

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  2. Too funny! I could totally picture the poor starving boy, who would rather go out and buy something than make his own breakfast or wait for his dad.

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  3. Totally laughing! My 11 year old son tells me that his stomach is caving in because he is just sooooo hungry. He sometimes follows it up with who everyone elses parents make them whatever they want to eat, always have candy for them in the office, etc...

    I sometimes think kids of middle school age just short circuit and they will be rewired in like 10 more years.

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  4. LOVED this! Your back and forth banter, which included your thought bubbles reminded me of The Christmas Story - only with the voice of Ralph's mother instead of Ralph's voice. I especially appreciated this line, "Poor kid. It must be rough living in a house with such poor service." Ha!

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  5. I second Laurie's comment above --that line had me rolling! Great post today--and as the mama of a teen, I totally get it!

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  6. Great moment to slice and share. I had all girls and they were not as worried about food apparently! I would fix dinner and no one would show up!

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  7. Great slice and so totally "hungry boy". I'm sure that he was starving while waiting for the food to be dispensed on demand and BTW . . . NOW!!!

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  8. Funny post. My three-year-old grandson must be going through a growth spurt because my daughter cannot keep enough food on hand - he always wants another cheese stick or yogurt! Boys!

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  9. Funny post. My three-year-old grandson must be going through a growth spurt because my daughter cannot keep enough food on hand - he always wants another cheese stick or yogurt! Boys!

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  10. Funny! I also appreciated your line about living in a house with poor service -- too funny! Boys are always hungry, aren't they? My boys learned to fend for themselves and make their own breakfasts as teenagers....They would have starved if they hadn't! Ha! ~JudyK

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  11. What a great slice! However, now I'm thinking about french toast!

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  12. "Supposed to be" making French toast. Totally how they see it.

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  13. So funny! I hope your so hungry boy got his food. This morning mine complained about wanting breakfast, but didn't seem all that motivated to get himself dressed & moving until lunchtime!!

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  14. Have you been looking into our house?? Our 16 y/o daughter is very much the same way, and slinking off seems to be a trait that all teens have mastered! :)

    Thank you for the humorous slice! :)

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  15. Bahahahahahaha! It must be rough living in a house with such poor service. That line had me laughing out loud! Love this story so much, probably because I can relate so well.

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  16. This was a great slice! Thanks for sharing! My son's only eleven, so I know moments like this are coming...

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  17. Awww, he's HANGRY!! Hungry and Angry! That'll make anyone (even myself) irrational. This was hilarious, especially because, as parents, we've probably all been there at one time or another!! Thanks for sharing!

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