Nice Insult

by Marinka on March 17, 2011

My 12 year old daughter was modeling a new outfit for me.

I thought she was stunning and told her so.

“If stunning means ugly,” my 9 year old son said.

While I was trying to think of something appropriate to scream at him that would convey the importance of respecting women, getting along with his sister, not focusing on physical beauty and doing well in school (thrown in for good measure) my daughter retorted, “Whatever, I’m about 50 times more beautiful than your wife will ever be, and she’s going to be gorgeous.”

He was speechless.

For once.

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Kimberly March 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Word.

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The Checkout Girl
Twitter:
March 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I’m working this into conversation every day for the rest of my life.

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Kelli March 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love your precious, witty daughter!

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Lisa Rae @ smacksy March 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Oh, she’s good.
Fast and witty.
Where does she get it?

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dusty earth mother March 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I feel bad stealing lines from a 12-year old, but come on. I could never come up with one better than that.

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Tracie
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March 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

That was way awesome!

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Caroline March 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Oh snap! In yo face lil bro!!!

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The Flying Chalupa
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March 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Hot damn! Did she come up with that off the top of her head? I’m sure she did. I’ll bet she slings it hot and fast like a short-order insult cook.

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Glamamom
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March 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

She sounds like a keeper.

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The ZB
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March 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

Beautiful. And she’s only 12… Sounds like your son has a few more years of education in the art of sweet smackdowns ahead of him.

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Jessica
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March 18, 2011 at 3:04 am

Burn!

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Savannah B
Twitter:
March 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

Word. I like your girl’s style.

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Becky Rice March 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

I love that your 12 year old daugher is already a confident, kick ass woman.

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Diane March 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

The apple does not fall far from the tree. Nice work.

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Loukia March 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

That’s AWESOME. She’s brilliant.

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hokgardner
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March 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

I totally *heart* your daughter.

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Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up)
Twitter:
March 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

That….is AWESOME! That girl is her mother’s daughter…NO DOUBT!

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Awesome dude March 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

I am very impressed. But she was very expressive even when her vocabulary was may be 50-60 words.

The ability to express yourself is a separate talent.

The opposite is French ” witty on the stairs” implying a good answer when the conversation is over for a good while.

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Kati
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March 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

I officially love this girl.

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Marinka March 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

It’s probably obvious, but one of the things that I loved most about what she said was that even though she was insulting him, she was still kind. Acknowledging that his wife was going to be gorgeous. But still coming out on top.

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Kati
Twitter:
March 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

That’s part of what’s so awesome about the whole thing. And that she didn’t even skip a beat 🙂

I adore Ladrinka, but today she’s my fave of your kids.

It’s just like I tell my kids “of course I have a favorite child! It just changes daily, based on who’s doing what” 😉

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deborah l quinn
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March 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

This story is one of the gazillion reasons I wish I had even one daughter, instead of two sons. Although actually when I was pregnant with boy #2, I realized that maybe it was good I was having another boy, bc I felt like it would be really, really hard for me to resist favoring the daughter over son #1. Because boys don’t insult each other with rapier wit and barbed compassion. They just hit each other. BO-RING.

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Marinka March 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

Fantastic news! My daughter is available to dispense insults this weekend. Would you prefer a morning or an afternoon appointment?

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tracy
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March 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

I love a confident girl. One confident enough to not be jealous of a gorgeous sister-in-law. Perfect

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Jane March 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

Nice!

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Allyson March 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Fabulous. If only we could bottle that wit and self-assuredness and give it to every adolescent girl. The world would be a better place–or at least middle schools would.

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Rima
Twitter:
March 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Smart, beautiful, and kind. No better combination.

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OHmommy
Twitter:
March 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwww….. Marinka. So cute!

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elizabeth-flourish in progress
Twitter:
March 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

clearly, she is your child.

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Mwa (Lost in Translation) March 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Freakishly excellent!

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the mama bird diaries
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March 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

If i ever want 5 kids, I’m taking her.

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Danielle March 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Genius! Pure genius!

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Rebecca March 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

Wow, that is the best answer…and she is 12?

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Ellie Belen March 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

She capped him, but in such a zen way. The Dalai Lama would be proud.

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Liz @ PeaceLoveGuac
Twitter:
March 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

That is awesome. Just perfect.

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Kim
Twitter:
March 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

Brains and beauty. Score!

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Lady Jennie March 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

Wow. I sit at her feet.

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Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him
Twitter:
March 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Wow, I’m feeling sort of mind-blown. I think that is very kind of insult that doesn’t even detonate for years.

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Susie April 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

That comment is yet another reason I wish I had a daughter.

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