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from the mouths of babes

By Dalene Rowley

I love teenagers. You never know what to expect. And that certainly keeps life interesting.

The following conversation took place a few weeks ago between my oldest son Luke (yes his real name–because he’s over 18), my second son, Z~ (17) and my daughter L~(13):

Z~: Girls are like an oven. Boys are like a microwave.

L~: Yeah because you can put tin foil in the oven and it won’t catch on fire.

Z~ (who may have been learning a lot more than I realized in physiology this past year): No, because you have to pre-heat an oven.

Luke: Ovens cost more.

Z~: If you look at the back of hot pockets it takes a minute and a half in a microwave and a whole 15 minutes in the oven.

Z~: Microwaves take up less counter space.

L~: You can’t cook a turkey in a microwave.

Luke: Ovens smell better, except when they’re cleaning.

(Go figure–have you ever heard of a self-cleaning microwave?)

About Dalene Rowley

Began blogging as a legitimate way to avoid housework and to keep a journal of sorts. In her other life she wants to be excellent at a number of things, but in this one she's settling for baking a mean sour cream lemon pie, keeping most of the points on her quilt blocks in line, being a loyal friend and aspiring to moments of goodness as a wife and mother.

18 thoughts on “from the mouths of babes”

  1. That's about how it ended. The thing I love about teenagers is they are so completely random. And in this particular case I loved how in some ways they were expressing truths to which they were completely oblivious. Never a dull moment, I tell you. And it gets even more interesting when you throw a few friends into the mix.

  2. That's awesome!
    How much thought do you think Z~ has given that? Because he's totally on to something….
    Mostly crap comes out of a microwave.
    The possibilities with the oven are endless…..plus, the reward is absolutely worth the wait.

  3. So funny! Sounds like they know more than I did at their age.

    What a great simile. I thought I should drop that in just because we're all literary and all here at Segullah.

    Thanks for giving me a laugh to start off my day.

  4. Dalene,

    I am so happy to hear that they stay funny even when they are older. I thought that went by the wayside with princess jammies..


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