I Didn’t Have to Sleep with One Eye Open

posted by Momo Fali on June 17, 2013

My 11 year old son has always been difficult to control. He is impulsive, obsessive, and basically I’m FREAKING out about his teen years, because when someone offers this kid a cigarette, he’s going to say yes without thinking and then he’ll end up a chain smoker. Mark my words.

Though I never saw the movie, my husband tells me that our boy reminds him of the young character in the movie, Taking Lives. Not in the way that the character pushes people in front of oncoming cars (you know…we hope), but that he is unpredictable and reckless. My son doesn’t always think before he speaks or acts. Like, pretty much, ever.

Last night I was working in bed when my son came in every few minutes for definitions of words in the book he was reading. One time he came up next to me then asked, “Mom, what’s a scythe?”

Not wanting to go into details of the Grim Reaper, I kept it simple and replied, “It’s kind of like a giant knife on the end of a stick.”

He thought for a moment then walked out to the hall. After a few seconds he popped his head back into the door and said, “Ta-Ta! I’ll see you in the next world.”

At which point I thought it was possible that my little 50 lb. child already knew what the Grim Reaper was and maybe my husband knew more about this, “Taking Lives” reference than I did. I double-checked, “What did you just say?”

And, I’m happy to say he innocently replied, “I said, ta-ta! I’ll see you on the next word.”


  • Rebecca {Foodie with Family}

    That is so scarily hilarious. Boys are such adorable little weirdos!

  • Deb

    I have an 18yr old who has been reckless and unpredictable for the last several years – the teenage years have been HELL for us. But he’s got a good sense of humor and I found he had written REDRUM on my bathroom mirror one day as a joke. I thought it was hilarious and quite brilliant…my husband thought it was pretty creepy and I think he slept with one eye open that night.

  • tara

    Hahah oh good! Also, I think your son will be too smart to take up smoking.

    Also, damn you for getting that stupid Sandman song stuck in my head.

  • Kablooey

    Dodged that bullet. I totally believe you about the worry about teen years/impulsivity issue — I feel the same way about my daughter. But there’s something so totally disarming and sweet about an 11 year old boy who says “ta ta” in regular conversation. How wild can he get? I know, I know, but still.

  • Mama D

    Right there with you–I have a very impulsive son too. I’ve been trying to brainwash him on anti-smoking propaganda for years now!!

  • Kelly Stilwell

    That might have freaked me out for a few seconds. Whew!

  • meleah rebeccah

    I know your son is a handful – but my god he cracks me up!

  • Liz

    “What IS it with boys?!?” she asked, rhetorically.

  • The Nanny Doctor

    PHEW! Glad you cleared that one up!

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