When Your Kids Surpass You

Yesterday, while shooting some additional film footage with our director-of-photography, Jeff, I launched into a sudden “that reminds me of the time when” narrative (something I limit myself to doing no more than once every five minutes).

Presentation1At that moment, my young adult daughter Amanda, who is also a member of the film crew, arrived with a tripod, set it down, and rolled her eyes at me–affectionately, of course (or so I choose to believe).

I defended myself against her eyebrowed commentary: “Hey, that story wasn’t just out of nowhere. I was responding to something Jeff said.”

Amanda patted my shoulder and replied, “Good for you, honey! You had what’s called a ‘conversation.'”

I’ve been teaching my children to banter since the day they were born. And they, in turn, have taught me many things. But of late I’ve noticed a dramatic escalation in the quality of their sarcasm. And I couldn’t be prouder. Don’t you just glow when your kids surpass you in something?

Which reminds me of the time when…

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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26 Responses to When Your Kids Surpass You

  1. Love it!! 😊 And I do indeed glow with pride with when my kiddos shine in an area that I had nothing to do with.

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  2. Ha, ha! So like my son’s responses to me! But since he is 6′ 1″ to my 5′ 8″, he pats me on head and with a sage wink, he says, “Funny Mom.” And by the way, he isn’t referring to my sense of humor. :-/ 😀

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  3. I love it, too! Reminds me of the time … when my students were out of control, and all I had to do was say, “Did I ever tell you guys about the time …?” Pretty soon they’d be “SHSH ‘ing ” each other – “Quiet, you guys! She’s gonna tell a story!” I’m sure they thought they had successfully sidetracked me. They had no idea that every story was teaching them something. (My students actually liked my stories, and I’m guessing your kids do, too. It’s just not cool to show it. 😉 )

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, well, it happens so fast… lol!! I hear you very well, Mitch!

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  5. My son is exactly like me and sarcasm flies when we are together. At 10 he sometimes is able to get me really good. For most part though, I still win. 🙂

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  6. Goodness, I do that all the time! And pithy comments definitely run in our family, as does ‘debating’. I’ve not been in the blogosphere for a while. It’s great to see you’re still here, Mitch, still doing your thing!

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  7. It is nice to see that I am not the only one having to be exposed to myself by my children.
    What a great post.

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  8. Rhonda says:

    I know what you mean. I think we all want our kids to do better than we did. Thankfully, our kids (now 25 and 26) both have great senses of humor. Our youngest is especially talented with their sarcasm.

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  9. JOY journal says:

    I’m so glad we’re not the only family that banters. 🙂

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  10. Joan says:

    Reminds me of a time my seven year old granddaughter sighed deeply and said, “Gaba, you’ve got to start maturing.”

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  11. smzang says:

    Super splendid. It reminds of the time my son…. : )

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  12. rue202 says:

    That is really funny! Once, one of my cousins (when she was three) had her hands on her hips, and our grandfather told her “That is not ladylike” to which she replied: “Grandad, I am too young to be ladylike!”

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  13. My son has surpassed me, both financially and in terms of career achievement. He is a doer and pays very close attention to detail.

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  14. cat9984 says:

    My son was admitted to my alma mater a year ago, and is running rings around me academically. I’m totally thrilled.

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