Monday, May 10, 2010

Can You Hear Me Now?

Photo by Lisa Sjolund

Jeff and Bob are in the station wagon on the way home from Trader Joe's.

"So. buddy? Did you want to go to the library later? I think your Wookie book is due."

Silence from the backseat.

"Bob? Pooman?"


"Bob? Can you hear me?"

"Yes Daddy, I can hear with my working ears that work."

"If you can hear me asking you questions why aren't you answering me?"

"Sometimes I'm just too busy."

"But Pal, you're just looking out the window."

"Daddy? I have a lot going on."


  1. that Bob of yours...he is too funny!

  2. He's right, you know. It annoys the hell out of me when my son ignores my questions, but I also know he's busy thinking a lot of the time, and I'm just bothering him.

  3. Oh, that made me laugh out loud.

    He is wonderful.

    And he DOES have a lot going on.

    I'm so happy this is all written down. It's wonderful to the point of making me cry.

  4. Oh, I know. Busy. Yes. It's a four-year-old world out there, and it is BIG, yo! Good for him. Hee!

  5. My daughter just turned three and only recently have the conversations become like this, where you never quite know what will be said next but you just know it will be entertaining.

    Lovely story. He is already learning that man trick of not listening :-)

  6. I understand that boy. Sometimes I see something and...

  7. "I can hear with my working ears that work." Ahhahahahaha. That was a Mr. Smacksy smackdown. I know Bob didn't say it that way, but the line, as written, kinda begs for an eye-roll and an implicit "duh!"