Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Who Am I This Time? (or Like Mother, Like Daughter)

Scene in which I have played both Daughter and Mother. (Granted, the topic is only typical in our world, but the scene may be familiar to other daughter/mothers.)

Daughter: What song should I sing for my audition?

Mother: I think [Choice A] is appropriate for both the type of show, and showing you off at your best.

Daughter: I don't want to sing that!

Mother: Why not?

Daughter: Because!

Mother: Because why?

Daughter: I just don't want to sing that! Pick something else?

Mother: Okay, how about [Choice B]?

Daughter: Not that one!

Mother: Why not?

Daughter: I just don't want to sing that.

Mother: I really think [Choice A] is what you should sing. Why don't you want to sing that?

Daughter: No, not that one!

Mother (giving up): Okay, fine, why don't you ask [adult who isn't Daughter's relative, but respected in Daughter's eyes] what you should sing.

Daughter: Fine.

Cut to: After Daughter has spoken to Adult who actually knows something.

Mother: So what did [adult] think you should sing?

Daughter: [Choice A - with no sense of irony or acknowledgment that this was Mother's idea all along.]

Mother: And...are you going to sing that?

Daughter: Yes.

Mother: [Bites off tongue to avoid saying, "I told  you so."]

Of course, when I told my mother that I have now played the Mother in this scene, she was hysterical! And I told her because I found it pretty funny, too.

I honestly have no idea why Mom's idea didn't sound good at the time, and sounded completely new coming from someone else, but it did. I'm just hoping I can keep my sense of humor with any future scenes that remind me of someone I know!


Penelope said...

That's such a mother-daughter thing. I remember doing that to my mom! I haven't had similar experiences with my son, but we'll see. :)

Tara R. said...

Ha! I've been on both sides of this conversation many, many times. I don't thing any of us ever outgrow it either.

BigLittleWolf said...

Aha - you bit your tongue! (Grinning... )

At a certain point, we just throw our hands up in the air, and hope that "sense" returns another day.

Funny how our parents make more sense to us when we become parents...

Cat said...

Finding a teen who thinks her mom is right about much of anything is like funding a cat that likes baths.