I don’t know about your family, but some of my most interesting chats with the kids happen in the car.
We were in the car last night going to therapy and Alesia was quiet. Suddenly she said, “Do you think I have sun damaged skin on my face?”
I thought it was a bizarre question. “No,” I replied evenly.
“But most people have sun damaged skin,” she insisted.
“Alesia, you always wear sunscreen on your face. I’ve only seen you even sunburned maybe once in the past 4 ½ years.”
It suddenly occurred to me where she came up with that. “You got that from a magazine article, didn’t you?” I asked her.
“Yes,” she admitted.
“Sweetie, everyone who goes outside probably has a little sun damage on their face by the time they are 30. That’s normal. You are 17 years old. I don’t think you have any sun damage. Those articles just sensationalize things, and they are aimed at older women than you.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, think about it. If the title of the article was “Everybody Over 30 Probably Has Some Sun Damage to Their Skin,” that doesn’t sound too interesting. But a title like “The Sun is DAMAGING Your Skin – What to Do?!” sounds a lot more interesting and scary.
Mother and I were headed to Kroger the other day and the kids were in the back. We didn’t think they were paying any attention to our conversation. I said something to Mother about the CEO of Chrysler, and wondering about the company’s future. I then said “CEO” again. Mike’s voice piped up from the backseat, “You don’t have to spell that out! We can spell!”
I couldn’t think what on earth he was talking about. I looked at Mother. She looked at me. I asked him what he thought we were spelling out.
“You know, C-E-O!” was the indignant reply.
After Mother and I were done laughing I asked Michael what he thought I was trying to spell. “I dunno… Something naughty?”
“Uh, well, c-e-o is not a word, buddy.”
Michael loves the Matrix movies. Maybe he was thinking of Neo, the character played by Keanu Reeves.
UPDATE ON EYES
I have been wearing contacts since I was 14 years old, which is 32 years. Yikes. Now I feel old. The first pair was incredibly expensive and it took about 15 minutes to put them in and take them out, because you had to mix up your own solution. Now I pop them in and out in about 1 minute. I am SO tired of wearing glasses for two weeks. My glasses were very expensive and fashionable when I bought them, in 2000, but now they are scratched and bent and uncomfortable. I hate wearing them.
The eye dr. today talked me into trying the bifocal contacts again, for a week. This pair feels much better. He said within a week I should know if they are going to work for both close and distance vision. So far, the left one is fine and the right one is a bit blurry. I told him I’d try them the one week only.
It’s so nice not to have to wear glasses!
CALL ME OKAASAN
There's an interview with Suzanne Kamata about Call Me Okaasan in this month's edition of Expat Women.
Check it out here.
I am getting some more copies of the book from the publisher, and they will be available to y'all at a discount soon.