Open Letter to the Men in my Life

Why is it that when you boys were younger I used to pray that you would stop talking bathroom stuff at the table, and now that you have segued into talking war and weaponry I am still not happy?

I just sat there for five minutes trying to have a discussion with you all about the merits (or lack thereof) of allowing a 16 year old to get his drivers’ permit and all you guys could talk about was the new gun that has come out. How is it that it is so new, yet you all know its specs etc?? Could you be this obsessed with your schoolwork please? And could you not ignore your mother when she is trying to get a word in edgewise?

Well, I may know nothing about guns, or war, or even care about that type of thing – but you see that kitchen and that dining table? Yours to clean up. Those dishes – yours to wash. That is of course, if you guys ever finish your discussion on the best way to load a freaking rifle or the best tank or the best bullet to kill your enemy with.

Oh, what I would give for some extra estrogen in the house about now….

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  1. lady lock and load says:

    Well, um, there is a way to have some more estrogen in the house…starts with a B and ends with a Y.

  2. Nora says:

    I feel much the same way about A sometimes. I think it’s a boy thing. That said, a permit at 16 is totally reasonable even in the NYC area. I took driver’s ed at 14 & 9 months so that I could finish and get my permit at 15 (went to the DMV the day after my birthday). And I had a license the moment I turned 16 as did nearly everyone else I knew.

    Most of my friends parents had rules in addition to the state ones about when and where we could drive and who could be with us. But it seems perfectly reasonable to let him take driver’s ed and get the permit.

  3. Meg says:

    See, around here, everyone talks about guns because everyone hunts. Seriously, I went to a work potluck at my old job, and every meat dish had venison in it. So when I hear about guns (which are a normal part of my reality in a rural area) I always think about deer hunting, which is obviously incompatible with kashrut. I tend to forget you can use guns against people.

  4. sheva says:

    I have similar issues but it’s planes by us. All about the different types of jets and why they are just AWESOME, and my husband is just as bad. One time I took one of their books and I,learned everything about a certain type of plane then when the conversation started I jumped in hey what about the stealth bomber did you guys know it………… and I went on about it . Their jaws were on the ground and we all had great laugh. B”H I have a baby girl pull in in the girl ranks now.

  5. Anthony says:

    I hear your pain….but I have the opposite problem…I work with 6 women in my office and our clients are 90% pregnant or parenting teen-aged girls.

    Now that I have comment hook a brother up with a spot on your blog roll.

  6. fille says:

    I think women going on about fashion, food and diapers are worse…

  7. Z! says:

    It’s such a brocha that you all get to sit down and talk over a nice hot meal. That everyone can be together in the same room- without too much fighting- sounds wonderful!

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