If you've read much of my blog, then you know that I can be a bit sarcastic at times. It is kind of my way of coping so I don't have a complete nervous breakdown. In fact, that statement right there could be considered sarcastic, unless you know me. Then you would understand how close I really am to a nervous breakdown.
But I digress...the point is that I have a sarcastic streak in my personality and sometimes that sarcasm slips out when I am dealing with my kids. This works fine with my daughter because she enjoys my sarcastic humor. My son on the other hand doesn't get it at all. His favorite line in response to my sarcasm is "Dad...don't be mean."
Last night is a perfect example. I have been having a very busy week and so I haven't had time to implement some of the suggestions I've received for dealing with the clothes in my son's bathroom. So last night I said to my son "Could you please pick up the pile of clothes in the bathroom?" He replied "Yeah". Now if you don't have a teenager, let me translate for you. The teenage translation of "Yeah" is "Go away, I'm watching my favorite television program."
A couple hours later I went downstairs to turn out all the lights and Gibson was lying in bed reading and the pile of clothes was still in the bathroom. So I said "You still haven't picked up the clothes in the bathroom." He replied "Oh yeah...I'll do it in the morning." **Sarcasm Alert** "Well don't strain yourself, I wouldn't want you to work too hard." "Dad...don't be mean."
Fast forward to the morning. Gibson comes upstairs after his shower wearing a towel and says "Dad...I don't have any clean underwear." **Sarcasm Alert** "That's because they are all lying on the floor in your bathroom!" "Dad...don't be mean." Then my daughter Emma walked into the room and said "What are you guys arguing about now?" And that's when the following exchange took place.
Gibson: "Dad is being mean."
Emma: "How is Dad being mean?"
Gibson: "Last night when I didn't clean my bathroom he said 'Don't strain yourself, I wouldn't want you to work too hard'".
Emma: "Gibson...that is called sarcasm. People use it sometimes when they are annoyed."