And most of this won’t be a surprise to you if you follow me on Twitter, but it may be fun to review anyway!
The first was that I realized that Young Ladrinka, age 9, was at a bar with some of his friends while I was watching a previously recorded episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It was a really good one too, with Erika Christensen, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that my SON WAS AT A BAR WITH HIS FRIENDS and I was watching TV.
Now of course he was with his friends’ parents and he obviously wasn’t drinking, and it was more of a restaurant-type situation, but still–he was out. And if you’re a Seinfeld fan like I am, you know that being out is a really important part having a social life. I’m pretty sure, however, that watching Law & Oder: Special Victims Unit is up there on the list as well.
The second thing was that when Young Ladrinka came home after his night OUT AT A BAR, he asked me if I could do the laundry. Despite the fact that according to my Bible of Domesticity, I do laundry either on Friday or on Saturday, but Sunday is my day of rest and it is good.
But he had been wearing his favorite sweatshirt TO THE BAR and now it had what looked like chalk dust on it. Probably because they were playing Law & Order and doing chalk outlines of each other. Kids today.
So of course I said no because Sunday, in addition to being the Day of Rest is also the day of Desperate Housewives viewing but then he added please and there I was, on Sunday night, doing an extra load of laundry.
But he wasn’t quite done with me yet. Because the third thing that happened was that Young Ladrinka asked me if he could take Monday off from school as a “personal day.” OMFG.
A personal day? What is he, thirty?
He knows about personal days because one of his friends gets to take them occasionally, but he’s a working child actor, so it’s sort of necessary. And when I explained this to Young Ladrinka, instead of curtsying and thanking me for the entirely rational explanation, he told me that he himself plays baseball and am I trying to tell him that acting is more important than sports, which is, after all, exercise.
Unfortunately for him, the answer remained no. Although maybe I’ll let him watch Law & Order with me one day. If he takes me a to a bar with him.
One year ago ...
- Mitt - 2013