“I want you to think about it long and hard.” ~Michael (from The Office)


As a parent to a tween and a teen, I find myself praying quite often that they won’t pick up on the latest moronic cool terms and phrases that many other kids their age have coined as “sick” or “beast.”  Unfortunately for me, however, God finds some of my other prayer requests more urgent and answers those first.  (He’s got quite a sense of humor, in case you didn’t know.)  Anyway, sure enough, the boys have recently discovered the joy in the infamous phrase, “That’s what she said.”  Yep – that’s right.  They’re only about eight years behind the times on this one, but they love it (and think it’s hilarious) nonetheless.  Here’s a little sneak peak into my torturous, testosterone-filled house:

My sister:  Alicia, do you want the brownies with nuts or without?
Me:  With.  I don’t like the ones without nuts.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Gerald:  Mom, do you want the rest of this cornbread?
Me:  No, it’s too hard now.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Ronald:  Mom, look at this bruise I got at practice today.
Me:  Wow, it’s huge.  It must really hurt.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Gerald:  Mom, are you going to eat this candy bar?
Me:  No.  I don’t really like white chocolate.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Me:  Ronald, you had a great hit today!
Ronald:  I – –
Gerald:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Me:  That made me choke.  It went down the wrong hole.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Me:  Ronald, you need to hurry up and finish that.  It’s not that hard.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Gerald:  Mom, I don’t like these potatoes.
Me:  Well then just hurry up and swallow them.  And don’t eat anymore.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

Ronald:  Mom, come look at this spider!
Me:  Where?  I can’t see it.  It’s too small.
The Boys:  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!  [Bahahaha!]

— Um… FAIL!!  They’ll get it eventually… —

What happened to the days when my boys were sweet and innocent?  Okay, wait…  Those may have never existed.  That may have only been in my head.  Hmm – It’s a good thing they’re cute.

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2 responses to ““I want you to think about it long and hard.” ~Michael (from The Office)

  • Amanda

    Hi Alicia.

    This had me laughing out loud! Your boys are characters who really know how to get their Mom going, huh?

    I love your attitude about life and parenting. I think it’s great that you find so much humor and I also think it is important to be OK just saying it how it is on days when the humor might not be there. This is your place that we get to share no matter what your decision is!

    I have a 3 year old. It’s great to hear about what’s to come with a teenager! Your boys are darling and they certainly know how to keep their Mom engaged.What a beautiful family dynamic you have.

    Thank you for following my blog: mysignature.tv. I hope you will find it inspiring.

    With love, Amanda

  • aliciabenton

    Hi Amanda! I just have to tell you that you really made my day today when I saw your comment. Thank you for your encouraging words! I love your blog, and I’m so happy I found you! Oh, yes – the boys certainly know how to push my every button! 🙂 But it’s funny because I can’t imagine life without them or remember it before them. Ah – a 3 year old! Isn’t it fun to watch them as they become little people and their personalities start coming out?! You’re in for the greatest adventures and funniest stories! Parenting is the absolute hardest, most tiresome, worst paying job there is, but I can’t think of one better. It’s funny how it works, isn’t it? Again, thank you so much for your message. You brought a smile to my otherwise crummy day!!! xoxo.

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