Friday, April 5, 2024

7 Quick Takes about Getting Older, Looking the Other Way During Homework Time, and Singing Somewhere Out There

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


In Spanish, caballo means "horse" and caballero means "gentleman," and long story short I was talking to one of my Spanish language exchange partners and accidentally called him a very polite horse. 

When I told my daughter about it, I added "He was so nice about it, too! He told me my mistake and didn't even laugh until he saw me laughing first so I wouldn't feel bad."

She told me "That's because he's such a polite horse."


Two parenting clips that showed up in my YouTube shorts feed this week accurately sum up parenting in two different phases of my life. 

Which one can you relate to? Toddlers or teens:


Getting older is weird, because I don't feel  like I'm getting older. Everyone else is just getting younger.

We recently took my son to an orthopedist who looked like Doogie Howser, and the other day a guy came over to clean our A/C units and my first thought when he came to the door was "Aww, did you drive here all by yourself today?"

I mean, they don't literally look like babies. But it's weird when you've internalized the idea that authority figures are by definition much older and wiser than you, and then all of a sudden, a lot of them aren't. In fact, sometimes the appropriate age to date your daughter... which means that you're the right age to play pickleball with their moms.


I often talk to myself out loud when I have a problem, and my 10-year-old faithfully answers me almost every time. It cracks me up.

For example, I was shopping online for some clothes and after doing a few price comparisons and wondered out loud, "Why is underwear so expensive?"

Even though the 10-year-old was in the other room, he still answered, "I don't know. Because no one likes making underwear?"

Later, we were driving in the car and my heated seat was getting to be a little too much. I grumbled "I can't figure out how to exit the map screen while I'm driving to turn off my seatwarmer, and my butt is getting hot!"

From the backseat came a small voice going "Womp, womp."


Do you know what you're looking at here? This is a picture of a 10-year-old doing his 12-year-old sister's homework.

"Wait, why is he doing your homework?" I demanded to know once I found out what was happening. "And how is he doing your homework?"

"It's just a word search and it's not going to teach me anything!" she wailed.

And since she was sort of right and he really does like word searches, I made the executive decision to let it slide and pretend I never saw anything.


Both Phillip and our 12-year-old daughter take voice lessons from the same teacher, and sometimes they sing duets at recitals. It's so wholesome, everyone in the room just falls over dead.

Anyway, for their next recital they wanted to sing the duet "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail but weren't having much luck finding sheet music. There was music for a single voice, for choral groups, for piano, and even a clarinet duet. Yes, a clarinet duet, but not a voice duet. I know, it doesn't make sense to me, either.

Phillip was ready to give up and find something else to sing, but I dug deeper to make it happen. Knowing that anything can happen on the Internet, I sent a Facebook message to Mat and Savanna Shaw, famous daddy-daughter collaborators that I've seen singing "Somewhere Out There" on YouTube.

I was totally shocked when they responded.

After I sent this message, by the way, I had a brief moment of panic. Wait, are they LDS? Everything about them positively screams it so I had just assumed they were because, but I'd never actually verified. (Update: I just Googled it, and my spidey-sense was correct. Phew.)

Even though the Shaws weren't able to get music to  me, Phillip did eventually find some, so I'm sure he and our daughter will sound exactly like this at their recital.


It's approaching the first weekend in April, and you know what that means! General conference, the twice-a-year broadcast from my church that I so look forward to, is coming up on Saturday and Sunday. 

You don't have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to get something out of it, though, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who thinks about living a purposeful and happy life, is currently struggling with something, or is interested in following Jesus (or all three). 

My family will most likely be watching general conference on YouTube and you're all invited to join us from your own couches!

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