I was driving Brennan over to spend some time with his grandparents and the following conversation took place:
Brennan: I don’t see why I have to go over there. All they are going to do is complain about my hair and tell me to take a shower. Then they are going to talk about something that I don’t believe in and we will get in a fight.
Me: You could use a shower and don’t engage in a conversation if it is something you don’t believe in. Your problem is you like to stir the pot.
Brennan: There is some truth in that. But some of things they believe in just make me want to curl up into a ball.
Me: Your problem is you like to debate, argue and sound informative. The reality of the situation is, you haven’t lived enough to have informed opinions on some of the topics you tackle. I rarely discuss politics or religion because I have found that it is highly unlikely that I will change anyone’s opinion and they are unlikely to change mine. So when people begin a conversation about taboo topics, I nod quietly and try to escape. ( I know what you all are thinking, I can’t wait to corner Kim and start talking about …. Don’t do it!)
Brennan: But I like to discuss things.
Me: “Discuss” is an interesting way of phrasing “pick a fight”. Just stay away from topics that you know will cause trouble.
Brennan: Easier said then done. Apparently, I have a big mouth. (like mother, like son).
It is getting harder and harder to get pictures of the boys. They run at the site of my camera and my phone. I took this on the sly while at a stop sign.