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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Who knew there were levels of cool?

Not only does my sixteen year old daughter love the look of my new shiny red Vespa, but on the Friday mornings when I've taken her to school on the back, she's mentioned that she's really enjoyed the ride. But equally important (at least to me), I've seen the appreciative reactions she's gotten from her classmates when they see her getting off the scooter, removing her helmet and nonchalantly shaking out her beautiful hair.

Deep down, every parent wants their kids to be well-liked (popular even!) in school. Given the means, who among us wouldn't drive our kids to school every day in a Ferrari or on a Ducati if it might enhance their social standing or help ease their way into the good graces of the 'queen bees' and bullies that seem to be the bane of every school under the sun?

Well, I don't have the means to buy a Ferrari, and even a Ducati is out of the question. So it made me happy to see that the other girls at her school had reacted positively to seeing my little girl on the back of my shiny Italian Vespa.

Well, it turns out that although she really likes my scooter, and enjoys getting rides on the back, my outing this past Friday with the Vespa Club of Israel didn't exactly fall within the parameters of what my daughter considers 'cool'. Apparently riding on a shiny red Vespa = Molto Elegante. But a bunch of Vespa owners getting together at an organized club event? Imbarazzare!

When I got back shortly before sunset and told her I'd been out riding around central Israel with a bunch of other Vespa enthusiasts, she smiled a funny smile, gave me an indulgent hug and whispered in my ear, "Oh Abba (daddy), you're so cute. I guess I should be happy you weren't at a Star Trek convention."

I wonder how much a Ducati costs?  :-)

Posted by David Bogner on May 30, 2010 | Permalink


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She's a hoot that girl of yours. Wonder who she takes after...........?

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | May 30, 2010 11:40:48 AM

I showed my oldest the new Star Trek (after she learned about Labor and Delivery in school) and she loved it and enjoyed the time with me, so in this case being a recovering 'Trekker' proved useful!!!

Posted by: Rachel | May 30, 2010 1:30:40 PM


Moshe drives a boring white Ford and attended the most recent Star Trek convention in Israel!

There is always someone else further down the Totem pole!!

Posted by: rRivkA | May 31, 2010 7:07:03 PM

She's awesome!

Posted by: SaraK | May 31, 2010 10:30:54 PM

Love this!! I know that our days of coolness among our kids are numbered - big time!

Posted by: RaggedyMom | Jun 1, 2010 5:28:28 AM

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