Dec 9, 2013

A Weak Mind


After a very, very long work day this weekend, I was greeted at home with lots of hugs and kisses by my brood.  I was soon to find out that I was the perfect test subject for the latest middle school humor.

I was mentally exhausted.  I had nothing left.  I was just happy to be home and see everyone before bed. They were all extra giddy for some reason.  Bennett informs me, "Mom, your socks are untied."  I look down at my stocking feet 2 seconds too early.  It doesn't click right away that socks don't have ties, therefore, can't untie. He was preying on a weak subject.

You would think I would be extra cautious with anything else that spewed forth from his mouth.  So when he told me, "Mom, did you know that if you say 'gullible' real slow it sounds like 'orange'?" you would think I would know he was up to something.  But being me, I fell for it like gullible fool I am.

I immediately start sounding out 'gullible' in the longest, most drawn-out fashion I could muster because I wanted to see if it indeed sounded like 'orange'.  "Gulllllll....iiiiiiiiii....bbbbbbbblllllllllle. "  I didn't even make it to the 'i' in my slow speaking voice before everyone was laughing hysterically and pointing at me.  But I pushed through, still unsure as to why they would be laughing so hard.  Was there a joke in there somewhere I wondered?  After I said the word as slow and as stupid as possible (you can't have one without the other), I realized, ah yes, there is a joke and it is on me.  Gullible will never sound like orange, only a gullible person would try that.  Duh.  

I am definitely not a jedi.  I am one of the weak minds that the jedi's use their superior powers of mind control on.  Apparently, Bennett is a jedi, as are all the 6th graders in his class where this joke is having a hay-day.
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