Monday, May 19, 2008

With Great Children Comes Great Humility

This blog is a direct response to my eldest daughter's most recent blog entry.  I'm certain that I won't get the last word, nor will I get the upper hand.  

In working with teenagers for 19 of my 40 years, one phenomena stands out; I possess incredible insight about myself, told to me from teens:  
I'm not a good shaver, the hair on my forehead is disappearing,  I make a strange "hmm, hmm" coughing noise with my throat, my knees are knobby, I'm "WAY TOO OLD" to be wearing those short, slit-on-the-side running shorts that I used to really like, I'm too mean, too soft, too critical of others. There are more.

But, when the teenagers I'm "working" with are kin, it gets really brutal... for me.
To make matters worse, the poison ivy break-out that started several day ago swung into full-force.  As a result, I've been battling oozing sores on my arms, neck and upper lip.  Yes, upper lip.  

Trying to 1) compensate for my itchiness and horrid appearance, and 2) convince my daughter of my COOLNESS after having read her aforementioned blog, I rattled off to her some of my more insignificant accomplishments:
1. Yesterday, I successfully completed three years of  law school.  
2. I can state with some credibility that I'm a good husband and a good father.  
3. I can also say that it is no longer a stretch to say that I've entered the ranks of being an ultra-runner.  

Her response... "I'm not the one with the yellow stuff on my upper lip!"

Humbled again.



3 comments:

Jenna said...

tell her that vodka is like the roaring waters of the beach that help to drown out sassiness...

by the way, i love emma's blog. and i love emma. and i didn't notice anything on your lip at church yesterday.

grimeyrunner said...

ungrateful children. They should all be locked in some basement closet only to be released to spend their very few free moments clearing poison ivy from the back yard.

The Beginning Farmer's Wife said...

Joel-
Congratulations on graduating law school!! So exciting!!

As for the poison ivy, I feel your pain. Been there, done that - with the poison ivy even being on my lip.

Don't know how bad yours is, but last time I had it, I ended up in the emergency room with a 16-18 inch long branching red streak climbing up my arm - blood poisoning through one of the poison ivy wounds. They took care of that, but also gave me steroids for the poison ivy. I would have to say that steroids are like a scarf. If you use them when needed, they bring relief and comfort. :)