Forgot To Forget

| Oakville, ON, Canada | Parents & Guardians

(Despite being very absent-minded, I am very prideful and hate being reminded of obvious things, regardless of whether I actually needed the reminder. I apply to a college program, and receive an e-mail response about setting up an interview time. I tell my mom, and she and I discuss the fact I can’t have an interview until the following week. The next day, she texts me to ask if we could shop for an interview outfit, and to ask if I know how I will word my e-mail. After I reply, she says:)

Mom: “Great. I guess you will remember that you can’t have the interview until after [date].”

Me: “Well, I guess we’ll never know, because you just reminded me anyway.”

(I can’t tell if that was just the wording she chose, or if she was trying to remind me without “reminding” me. In any case, her response was, “Good one.”)

Mom Gets Very Animated About It

| England, UK | Parents & Guardians, Siblings

(My brother and I enjoy watching anime and we are currently watching a film that is most definitely not aimed at children. Our mom doesn’t understand; she sees animation and just assumes it must be meant for children.)

Mom: “I just don’t get why our children are still into kiddie stuff.”

Me: “It’s not kiddie stuff!”

Mom: “You would never have seen me sitting there watching cartoons when I was your age.”

Brother: “Yesterday you were watching Shaun the Sheep!”

Grandma Will Be Pet Peeved

| Easton, PA, USA | Siblings

(My sister is helping me search for a job on several Internet classified sites.)

Sister: “Okay, so what kind of job should we look for?”

Me: “How about a pet store? I like animals.”

Sister: “Okay, let me try the keyword ‘pets’…”

(After a moment, she bursts out laughing.)

Me: “What’s so funny?”

Sister: “Come and look at some of the results!”

(Only about half of them were pet related. The other half were looking for positions in nursing homes.)

Me: “If I had known old people were now considered pets, I would have just started a grandma walking service!”

Dad Is A-meusli’d

| Tulalip, WA, USA | Parents & Guardians

(My dad had just gone shopping and was explaining to my mom what all he got:)

Dad: “And I got some granola. You should like it; it’s got… crap in it and stuff.”

Being Complete TV Nazis

| Allentown, PA, USA | Parents & Guardians, Siblings

(It’s 1999 and my sister and I are seven and nine respectively. My dad just got the video game, ‘Medal of Honor,’ and really wants to play it, but my sister and I are hogging the TV.)

Dad: “Come on, you have to let me play now! If I don’t, the Nazis will kill everybody!”

Me: “Nice try, Dad, but it’s a video game! It doesn’t work when you don’t play it!”

Sister: “Yeah, Daddy! Everyone knows that Nazis aren’t real!”

(The best part? We were hogging the TV to watch a VHS collection of World War II-era Looney Tunes cartoons.)

Wear Your Air

| OH, USA | Grandchildren

(My four-year-old grandson and I are playing a game when I belched rather loudly. My grandson just stared at me for a moment, and then took a step back.)

Grandson: “I stepped back so none of the burp got on me.”

(He then looked all around him and checked out his clothing.)

Grandson: “Yeah. It missed me.”