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    Going Through That Transformative Age

    | SC, USA | Children, Nephews & Nieces, Theme Of The Month

    (I am babysitting my baby niece, so that her parents can go on a much-needed date. The poor baby is getting three teeth all at once while recovering from her immunization shots. Suffice to say she is very unhappy. I put on some cartoons to distract her, and she quiets down after three episodes of the 80s Transformers. Then suddenly, she bursts into adorable baby giggles.)

    Me: “I’ve been trying to make you smile for half an hour, and you wait to laugh until the Decepticons show up?! [Niece], you can’t cheer for Decepticons. They’re the bad guys!”

    (She gives me a dirty look.)

    An Elegant Move For A More Civilized Game

    | Spanish Fork, UT, USA | Spouses & Partners, Theme Of The Month

    (My husband and I are playing ‘Farkle,’ a popular dice-rolling game. I used to play several ‘Star Wars’ video games and we are both fans of the original ‘Star Wars’ movies.)

    Husband: *does a Jedi hand wave as I roll the dice*

    Me: “Hey, you force-rolled the dice! Cheater!”

    An Unexpected Reading Topic

    | Newark, DE, USA | Siblings, Theme Of The Month

    (My sister has just started another semester of college. She is an English major and therefore is taking classes that cover a wide variety of literary genres including non-fiction, fantasy, and autobiographies such as Benjamin Franklin’s. She’s also taking a course on Israeli films.)

    Sister: *bursts into room* “[My Name], Hiroshima, Hobbits, or Franklin?” *she asks as if this is an urgent decision*

    Me: “Hmm…”

    Sister: “Or Israel?”

    Me: “Hobbits.”

    Sister: “Hobbits?”

    Me: “Yes. Hobbitses.”

    Sister: “Okay.” *walks off to start on one of her assigned reading topics*

    Me: “I love that I know exactly what you’re talking about!”

    Parental Guardianship

    | NJ, USA | Parents & Guardians, Theme Of The Month

    (I am a seasoned cosplayer, building a full suit Rocket Raccoon cosplay with a dancing Groot in preparation for New York Comic Con. I have managed to purchase two three-day passes to surprise my Trekkie/Whovian mother without her knowing. My parents and I are sitting at dinner when I’m about to break the news as a surprise.)

    Mom: “ANOTHER box came from [Online Fabric Store] for you today. How much fabric can you possibly need?”

    Me: “Well, I’m making Rocket.” *shows picture of work in progress*

    Mom: “I thought your Guardians cosplay group wasn’t going to be competing until February. Why are you rushing to finish this?”

    Me: *pulling badges from pocket* “Surprise! I’m actually entering the NYCC contest instead.”

    Mom: “You managed to get tickets this year?”

    Dad: “And how much did they cost?”

    Me: “They’re three-day passes, so $65 each plus tax? About $140 total.”

    Dad: “That is way too much money!”

    Me: “William Shatner is going to be there.”

    Dad: “Why couldn’t you have bought three?!”

    Money Makes The Superhero World Go Round

    | USA | Grandparents, Theme Of The Month

    (My grandmother and I both love superheroes. We are talking about what superpowers we would have.)

    Me: “I would have flying. Then I would save money on gas.”

    Grandma: “I would want to be super rich.”

    Me: “Like Batman?”

    Grandma: “Yes, but instead I would get all the guys instead of all the girls.”

    Me: *face palm*


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