Category: Sons & Daughters


Trying Not To Put Your Foot In Your Mouth

| Seattle, WA, USA | Sons & Daughters

(My dad has started dating a Vietnamese woman. We are out to eat, and I am meeting the woman’s daughter and son-in-law for the first time. I am the only person there who is neither Asian nor has lived in Asia.)

Son: “Try these sweet and sour chicken feet.”

(I’m completely uninterested but don’t want to be rude, so I try them.)

Son: “What do you think?”

Me: “Thank you for offering them, but I don’t think I’ll have more.”

Son: “Don’t worry, I don’t like them either. I just wanted to see how adventurous you are.”


There Will Be Blood Relative

| Fullerton, CA, USA | Sons & Daughters

(My five-year-old usually crawls into our bed in the middle of the night.)

Daughter: “Are J and G my uncles like their mommy and daddy?”

Me: “No, their mommy and daddy are your aunt and uncle so they are your cousins.”

Daughter: “Yay! They have the same blood as me! It’s always good to have a ton of extra just in case!”

Me: “…”


Putting You On Trial

| AB, Canada | Children, Popular, Sons & Daughters, Spouses & Partners

(I am curling my hair for fun. I normally wear it straight down or up in the “mom-bun”. I turn to our nine-year-old son to ask his opinion of it.)

Me: “How do I look?”

Son: “Normal.”

(Then I hear my husband whispering to our son about how to answer that question when a girl asks him. I jokingly yell:)

Me: “No, no! No coaching him!”

Husband: “Why not?”

Me: “He has to go through the ‘trial by fire’!”

Husband: “Noooo!”

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