QUOTE OF THE DAY (OR MORE): "No, no. You don't understand. This is an '89 Calico. I'm pretty sure that exceeds the Kelly Blue Book value. The cat's totaled." --A comedian whose name I forget talking about a vet who presents a $3,000 bill for a 12-year-old cat

Thursday, June 4, 2009

the ugly and the cute

I recently had a few spots on my face lasered. It makes the spots get much darker before it makes them fade. The thirteen-year-old stopped me in the upstairs hallway, stared at me bewilderedly, and said: “Mom! Look at those dark spots! You look really ugly… You’d better use some makeup...” This morning on the way to school I told him I’d see him later at the awards assembly. “You’re gonna wear makeup, right?” he questioned. “Your face looks gross.” I love you, too, buddy.

Yesterday after school I schlepped said 13-yr-old, still in the dog house, to the department store, for he was in need of new dress shirts and ties. After we argued over which ties to purchase (we apparently have much different taste, my preference not being shiny plain black guido ties (no offense to anyone out there, my bad..), I spotted a sharp pair of madras plaid shorts on the way out of the boys’ department. I stopped. “Ooh, look at these, buddy… these are cute.”

Eeewww. I don’t wanna look CUTE, Mom…”

Oops. Forgot to always use a different adjective with boys… Cute is a dirty word to boys. It's all in the adjective...

Some alternatives to describe boys:

“ good looking”
“handsome”... and let's be realistic, shall we?



  1. Yeah, my 7 year old already hates to be called cute. Handsome is ok, cute, not so much.

  2. Yeah, cute's no good. Or "lovely". "Crisp"? Maybe, but only if the clothes have been baked at 350 degrees.

    Man, I'm really falling behind in that poll...

  3. My six year old did tell me I looked prettier in my senior prom picture than I look now. So there's no accounting for taste. I thank God mine still wear whatever I put on them.

  4. My guys don't like "cute" either. "Cool" they like. "Dude! That's tight!" is a good one. "Sah-weet!" is OK.

    "Cute?" Never.

  5. Yeah cute work here!

    I've tagged you come on over and take a look.

  6. Oh my god, 13 year old boys make me nervous.

  7. "These are darling"?
    "These are adorable"?

    I would SO be a failmom with a son.

  8. Hi, I tagged you as well. Probably the same thing Shawn tagged you with...

  9. I'm so glad I have girls. Thankfully, no guido (LOL!)ties here!

  10. Yay, I just can't WAIT for all the sarcasm and condescension that is in my future! :) (7 more years and counting. Oh wait, maybe that's 7 more MINUTES.)

  11. You're funny! That's all I have to say about that.

  12. oh the honesty of children. it's so... blunt.

    wait... oh crap. I thought i had matured.

  13. I don't look forward to that kind of honesty from my son. Good tip on the adjectives for boys!


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