I had to look at the calendar and remind myself this morning that it's January, right? It will be close to 70 here today. Michael was complaining about it yesterday.
"Winter was last month, remember? When I actually wore a big sweater when I left the house?"
He just glared at me.
In my house, we are in full-bore TEENAGER MODE. Michael doesn't want to eat. He grumbles about not being able to sleep. He spends 30 minutes in the morning getting dressed. He is moody, sullen, and likes to glare at me a lot.
However, in his defense, when Mother asks him to do some chore, like take out the garbage, he does it. He unloads the dishwasher. He vacuums the family room. He's always sweet about helping.
He also takes his iPod into the bathroom when he's brushing his teeth.
He likes to listen to "music" while he's taking a shower. This soundtrack to bathing can be heard, I'm sure, by people three houses away.
I asked him yesterday what they are doing in English class. He said they are getting ready to read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I asked him if they are going to watch the movie. "Yes. The teacher said we can watch the fun one."
The fun movie about feuding families and lovelorn teens who kill themselves??!
OK. Can't wait to hear about that. I imagine the teacher refers to the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet. People in normal, modern clothes, spouting Shakespearean English. Yeah.
You remember the 1968 Romeo and Juliet? The one with the cool soundtrack? I was 6 when that one came out but it's still the definitive one, to me. Franco Zefferelli knew how to do Shakespeare.
I reminded Michael that we own Shakespeare in Love, one of my all-time favorite movies. I also reminded him I had two Shakespeare classes in grad school, plus I've been to England and seen his house and a bunch of his plays put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company. I used to like to memorize the sonnets. I am very PRO SHAKESPEARE.
He just looked at me like, will you be quiet?! I'm thinking about important stuff, like my hair, and that cute girl in my Biology class...
I didn't tell him I use my 20 lb. volume of the Complete Works of Shakespeare to kill bugs. It's very effective. You can still wipe off the bug glop and READ it, for heaven's sake...