...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

if i'd just told him most of his toys came from there, it would have made sense a lot quicker

Oldest Son - "Mom, look at this. This color is called 'Vet nab.'"

Increasingly Aging Mother - "What??"

OS - "Look. It's called 'vet nab.'"

IAM (Sasha Fierce): "What??"

OS - "How would anyone know a vet nab is red, anyway?"

IAM (Iron Man) - "The better question might be 'What's a vet nab?'"

Youngest Son, stage left - "A vet nabs dogs! And cats, too, but I think they mostly nab dogs."

IAM (a believer) - "Heh...good one, youngest son!"

OS - "So this is a color for vets? Why do vets need their own color?"

IAM (what I am) - "I have no idea what you're talking about."

OS - "LOOK!"

IAM (the walrus) - "Vietnam. Honey, it says 'Vietnam.'"

OS - "What does 'Vietnam' mean?"

IA (making a note to call the optomotrist) - "..."

OS - "..."

IAM (amazed) - "It means that colored pencil was made in Vietnam."

OS - "..."

IAM (speechless) - "Really??"

OS - "..."

IAM (now stunned) - "Vietnam. It's a country, not a color."

OS - "Oh."

IAM (did I mention stunned?) - "Oh, it is so good that school starts next week..."



Anonymous Bejewell said...

Is that what color Vietnam is? I've never been there. It looks pretty.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

See, his generation has never had to worry that the day may come when his own ass might get shipped to Viet Nam, whether he wanted it to or not. . . That's probably the main reason why, when I was his age, I knew where Viet Nam was. . .

And listen, IAM, those occasions of 'what do you MEAN, you've never heard of. . .' only get more bizarre as you go along. . .

Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin McKeever said...

Red -- they are still Commies, right?

You missed IAM (I said), but that OK since you are so good (so good, so good, so good).

Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Badass Geek said...

I pray for their teachers.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Bijoux said...

Now if it would have been called "China," I would have totally thought that was that shade of red.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Logical Libby said...

So glad you could find the teachable moment.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:16:00 PM  
Blogger MereCat said...

But it really looks like they named the color "Vietnam." Makes me think of OPI nail polish colors. My favorite one is entitled "I'm Really Not a Waitress." Of course that color's red.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:29:00 PM  
Blogger Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

Glad to hear we aren't the only household experiencing summer brain drain. And we don't go back until after Labor Day.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:30:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt Becky said...

Bwahahahaha! I got nothing witty. Just BWAHAHAHA!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:43:00 PM  
Blogger Kate Coveny Hood said...

I wonder what color Vietnam is in Spanish...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:52:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Make the best of a teachable moment! And pray for the teachers!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 2:30:00 PM  
Blogger The Half Assed Housewife said...

That is so something I would do - and I am a well educated grown-up. Sometimes I think I might be Jessica Simpson - after she got fat. I completely understood the chicken of the sea confusion.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Chasity said...

Ha, that's too funny! I've had some strikingly similar conversations lately, but they were between me and my husband, and he was giving me a funny look. I call it end-of-summer-answer-50-gazillion-questions-a-minute-itis.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:45:00 PM  
Blogger cIII said...

Vietnam is a Good color.

Personally, I prefer a soothing Bangkok.


Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

So what color is Iraq?

Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:13:00 PM  
Blogger The Savage said...

I'd have a country/color comment but I was beaten to the punch by the previously posting fans....

Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Brian o vretanos said...

There's a distinct lack of countries named after colours, Cape Verde and Ivory Coast being the only two I could find. And Ivory pencils have never caught on, for some reason.

Friday, August 14, 2009 4:54:00 AM  
Blogger Brian o vretanos said...

Oh, and Greenland apparently isn't a country...

Friday, August 14, 2009 4:55:00 AM  
Blogger Christina Lee said...

yep- I never would have believed the brain drain phenom until I taught for a couple of years.
Oh and BTW, I've been meaning to tell you that my book topic was partly inspired by you and your love of those beast ;);)

Friday, August 14, 2009 6:44:00 AM  
Blogger Tuesday Girl said...

I bet Djibouti is a mustard yellow color

Friday, August 14, 2009 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy B! said...

That's just adorable. I love a literal mind.

Friday, August 14, 2009 9:06:00 AM  
Blogger FTN said...

I was always a big fan of Burnt Sienna. That was pretty much the coolest color name in the Crayola box o' 64.

Friday, August 14, 2009 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Seriously Brenda said...

I love your kid!

Friday, August 14, 2009 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt Juicebox said...

Amen, sister, I can't wait til the first day of school.

Friday, August 14, 2009 1:05:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa @ I Pick Pretty said...

You had me at "Sasha Fierce".

Friday, August 14, 2009 2:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how that kid's mind works. At least he figured out that's where a color normally is on a crayola.

And when I was his age I thought Neil Diamond was the first man to walk on the moon. Call us even.

Friday, August 14, 2009 2:55:00 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Sasha Fierce in the house!

I blame it all on how they cut geography out of schools. My dad got mad at me once when I was your son's age for not knowing Sacramento was the state capitol of California. I mean, really? Does that sound right to you? I thought for sure it was Hollywood.

Friday, August 14, 2009 3:13:00 PM  
Blogger Biscuit said...

I think he's actually *my* son.

Friday, August 14, 2009 6:40:00 PM  
Blogger lime said...

good thing crayola renamed indian red. there would have been a whole other sort of conversation.

Friday, August 14, 2009 7:25:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

That's like that saying "Vet nab sky at morning, sailors take warning, vet nab sky at night, sailors delight."

Friday, August 14, 2009 9:15:00 PM  
Blogger The Stiletto Mom said...

To make you feel better, I just asked my son if he knew what Vietnam was.

Apparently, they all need to go back to school now because I got the same answer "...."

Saturday, August 15, 2009 9:54:00 AM  
Anonymous abdpbt said...

See, now, I was assuming all pencils were made in China, so this was some kind of political statement, that Vietnam is red, so fuck you, USA, and your war on communism circa 1960s.

Or, maybe I just need more coffee.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger anymommy said...

I've been to Vietnam and it's greener than that. Seriously funny, I can see that school is going to be a great development in your day. Hope your jaw is a little more relaxed this weekend.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous TwoBusy said...

I, for one, eagerly await the comprehensive recap of "The Summer of Yes."

Saturday, August 15, 2009 2:33:00 PM  
Blogger That girl from Shallotte said...

"A vet nabs dogs." I love it! My about-to-turn-18 English stepson calls veterinarians "dog botherers."

Great story of a great job with a tough subject! You are the awesomest.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger San Diego Momma said...

I thought of Vietnam as green, and Russia as red.

But I'm increasingly aging too and know not of what the kids are calling color these days.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a 'Vietnam red'.

In the same pack as 'Black as my cold heart'

Sunday, August 16, 2009 5:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

You may be relieved to know that both of my sons (at 16 and 22) know some basic facts about Vietnam. School is good.

And I will always think of you as
IAM (legend).

Sunday, August 16, 2009 6:43:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Vietnam is now a pencil?

Sunday, August 16, 2009 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger DKC said...

Like, OMG! Vietnam is my favorite color!

Actually, that's a lie. What country is blue, I wonder?

Sunday, August 16, 2009 1:26:00 PM  
Anonymous A Vapid Blonde said...

I am pretty sure I just had a similar conversation with one of my employees and she is almost 50...

Sunday, August 16, 2009 3:03:00 PM  
Blogger Carolyn...Online said...

Is it weird that I was just glad it was made someplace other than China?

Sunday, August 16, 2009 5:19:00 PM  
Anonymous DCUrbanDad said...

My sister just got back from Vietnam and she said nothing about red. I should ask her.

Sunday, August 16, 2009 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

And you totally forgot IAM (Sam).

Vet nab...priceless!

Monday, August 17, 2009 2:25:00 AM  
Blogger Organic Meatbag said...

Personally, Cambodia was always my favorite color...a lovely shade of green...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:58:00 AM  
Blogger Keyona said...

How frickin' hilarious was that! LOL!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:49:00 PM  

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