spinach and other personal items

I just drove my 11-year old daughter Libby and her teammate Tristan home from their soccer game in another city.   I started this really funny conversation with Tristan in an effort to end my daughter’s rant about how much she hates practicing the piano:

 

Me:   Tristan, do you take piano lessons?

 

Tristan:   Well, I used to.   But it cost $100 a month each, for my sister and me.   So my parents had to fire the teacher, because we didn’t have enough money for . . . um . . . food.   And clothes.   We were wearing all hand-me-downs.

 

Me (trying not to laugh, as Tristan’s mother is a top-ranking administrator at the university I teach at, and her father is a well paid professional):   Really!

 

Tristan:   Yeah.   My mom spends all her money on . . . spinach.   And other personal items.   She makes smoothies.

 

Me:   Really?   GREEN smoothies?

 

Tristan:   Yeah.

 

Me:   Did she learn about green smoothies from me?   (I don’t know Tristan’s mom well, as I deal only with her dad for carpool, nor have I noticed her in my 12 Steps subscriber list or at a nutrition class.   But GSG.com readers turn up in the funniest places.)

 

Tristan (anger in her voice):   Yeah!   And now she’s reading MORE books and learning MORE stuff!   And she never gives us sugar!   Except for, we get root beer on Pizza Night.   Which is only like once a YEAR!

 

Go Tristan’s mom!   I had to clap my hand over my mouth to keep from bursting out laughing!   Spinach a “personal item,” indeed.

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  1. This is so hilarious. I couldnt stop laughing. Well done Tristans mom – what a great mom.

    And in about 30 years or less Tristan will remember this conversation and follow her mothers footsteps with her own children.

    And also well done Robyn. We never know how far reaching our views, opinions and actions influence others. And it doesnt have to be on our own doorsteps or backyard. For instance, I belong to a UK group online with members from other parts of the world. Well, guess what, they are all having green smoothies each morning. LOL

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