be funny, get to the point
or shut up
When my children joke with, tease and criticize me I’m grateful.
Much of the time I miss the fact that they’re joking. I miss their pleasure, joy and love. I feel the sting of how clearly they see me.
Once I’ve performed a cranial anusectomy1 and I can see the combination of fear and hope in their eyes - fear that I might take offense and hope that I might laugh, I let their criticism in.
One such criticism?
I say the same things over and over again.
I explain the same stuff multiple times.
I like to tell people the same thing three or four different times in quite similar ways.
I’ll even keep them sitting in one space, speaking something I just said moments ago, explaining once again with the hopes that they will hear me.
My poor kids.
I used to think it was rude when they interrupted with an ‘I get it Dad’.
Now I realize that this is an act of desperation and an indication of someone with an injury around being heard.
I apologize for such a long letter, I didn’t have the time to wri…
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