Monday, December 24, 2007

Language Barrier


My mother in law (a.k.a. Grandma New York) and I were in the kitchen cleaning snow peas together in order to get a jump on some of the holiday prep cooking.

I was talking about how K and I wish we lived closer to family now that we have kids.

"I wish we lived closer to you or to my mom," I said. "You know... so we could zip over and drop the kids off when we need a break from them."

My Irish American, raised in the United States mother-in-law did not skip a beat when she gave the deadpan reply,

"No speak-ah the English."



48 comments:

furiousBall said...

what gene is it that your families have that gives you all such great smiles? seriously like every picture i see of you guys is like toothpaste commercial material. i'm going to go floss.

CamiKaos said...

grandma has the big smarts.

Lisa Milton said...

I need to remember that one.

What a great shot.e

Paige said...

When my mother first got here, she said she was so glad to see her granddaughter, blah blah blah. And then, after a day of being climbed on and jumped on and so forth, mother changed her tune. She said: "Ahhh...now you know why young women have children."

Annie said...

ha ha ha! I suspect both my kids' grandmas would be exactly the same way if they lived closeby. Babysitting promises are so easy to make when you're 3,000 miles and an ocean away!

jenny ryan said...

Hee. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! :)

Nancy said...

Two thumbs up Granny!

Have a Merry Christmas.

Loralee Choate said...

I'm floored imagining the hilarity genes your kids are blessed with from BOTH sides of the family tree! Squee!!

Worker Mommy said...

HA! Ever since my mom became the daytime care provider (while I'm at work and they aren't in preschool)...I'm much more strapped for weekend babysitters :(. So yeah I'm pretty sure she'd forget her native language too if I asked her to watch the twins on the weekend.

Hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday!

WM

Ortizzle said...

Grannies know best!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Omaha Mama said...

Now that's funny!

Merry merry!

Stella said...

FABULOUS response!
Merry Merry!

Kyla said...

Ha! She's quick and funny.

imhelendt said...

LOL! At least she learned sumpin' beign a mom!

carrie said...

I can't wait for Grandparentdom!

Happy Holidays! :)

painted maypole said...

he he. you are like 2 peas in a pod.

merry Christmas!

Maddy said...

Tidy gene pool there for sure!

Compliments of the season from me and mine to you and yours.
Cheers

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Jennifer said...

Great, funny family members are so wonderful. And you even know how to appreciate it!

meno said...

Smart woman, that one.

Have a great Christmas young lady.

Melisa said...

HILARIOUS. And she is totally right. Believe me, you're better off being far away. :)

Makes everybody long for one another.

Enjoy your holiday!

Melisa
Suburban Scrawl
and
Remembering Ruby

Jen M. said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

I love reading your blog and look forward to it in '08!

Stimey said...

Oh, that's perfect. Love the funny! Have a great holiday!

Patience said...

That might not work with me because my son-in-law, father to my wonderful grandsons, is bilingual. But I do sometimes pretend to be deaf.

FENICLE said...

Of course not.

Merry Christmas!!!

EE said...

LOL!
Merry Christmas!!!!

Kelley said...

Great comeback. Smart woman. Will have to remember that one for when my kids are older!

Merry Christmas!

shaz said...

hahahaha

love g'ma NY!!

frog ponds rock... said...

hehehehe .. As a Nanny I can totally relate to that.. hehehehe..

but I did manage to get a pic of Santa in his sleigh in the Tasmanian skies...

merry merry christmas..

cheers kim

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I cant stop laughing. That is too funny! Merry Christmas!

Ali said...

oh my god, she's awesome!

psychicgeek.com said...

Heh. You gotta love when they are so quick on the uptake.
Guess she's a notard.

-The Shiny Happy Mama- said...

I think I love your MIL. Mine has no sense of humor and I wanna trade her in for a funny one!!

Merry Christmas, silly.

jen said...

smart woman, that.

merry christmas, love. and give my buddy the mayor a double squeeze.

Ribbon Rock Star said...

ROFL! I like that one.

Linda

Serina Hope said...

Very wise. Merry Christmas to you yours.

croutonboy said...

Genius. thank god Cheeky's grandma doesn't know that one...

Merry Christmas!

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Rusti said...

LOL - that is great! I hope you had a fabulous holiday J! :)

Momish said...

She is quick and funny, I too would be wishing she was closer just for the laughs! Have a wonderful holiday and great New Year! Looking forward to more joys in 2008...

Sayre said...

Wise granny! I wish I was that fast on my feet...

bew said...

~laughing~
Perfect response.
Merry Christmas, to you and yours.

Cathy said...

Hilarious!!

Damselfly said...

Comics, every one of you!

Bastet said...

See you should have included a bottle of whisky too! LOL!

JCK said...

That is funny. I wish I had any of our parents nearby, too. I'd make them learn-ah the English from the grandkids.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

LOL! *My* MIL would not even understand this post if I took 15 minutes to explain it to her. You are one lucky lady.

Lotta said...

That's a riot! Clearly your husband was raised by a good woman.

S said...

LOL!

Happy New Year!