Another way of looking at it

25 Mar

He says: ‘Mum, ever since you’ve got that computer you’ve just been living on it.’

I reply: ‘I’m trying to get my book written, I need to work really hard on it, otherwise I will never finish it.’

He asks: ‘What’s this one about?’

I tell him: ‘It’s a memoir…’

He interrupts: ‘Oh, so it’s like your memories?’

I say: ‘Sort of.’

He is perceptive: ‘So it’s about Denis, right?’

I say: ‘Yes, and some other people.’

Eagerly: ‘Me? Am I in it?’

Thinking quickly about how I’m going to answer it: ‘Well, I don’t want to write too much about you and your brother…’

Interrupting (again): ‘Because we’re not memories, right?’


5 Responses to “Another way of looking at it”

  1. faithh March 26, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    and right on the nail! how do they do that?

  2. Kath Lockett March 26, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    My kid today just said, “Are we going to spend some quality time together today or are you going to slip away to the computer?”

    Clever little bugger.

  3. elsewhere March 27, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Hmmm..I guess the older they get, the more they talk.

    Who is Denis? Your Dad?

  4. Ariel March 29, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    Love it.

    Oh, please write some bits about the boys. You’re so good at it.

  5. Cristy April 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    Oh, Lil’ does that. “Don’t look at the computer!” she will yell at me… And I thought I was being so subtle.

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