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Monday, May 10, 2010

These kids with their newfangled expressions...

The other day my daughter Ariella was telling me that she had been late for a tutoring session in Jerusalem (getting, not giving).  It seems that when she made up the meeting place with her tutor, they had agreed on a coffee shop called 'Cuppa Joe' in Jerusalem. 

Unfortunately, Ari didn't realize there are two 'Cuppa Joe's in close proximity to one another, and naturally she got off the bus at the first one she saw.  Needless to say, the tutor was waiting at the other one... which was about a 15 minute walk up a hill (in unseasonably warm weather... for Jerusalem, anyway).

So, in the course of describing her slog up the steep hill to meet her tutor, Ariella explained that by the time she arrived she had a 'bunny rabbit' on her back.

I'd heard of having a monkey on one's back, but I didn't think this was what Ari had in mind... so at the risk of sounding like an, oh-so-un-hip parent, I asked her what it meant to have a bunny rabbit on one's back.

Being sixteen, Ariella was incapable of keeping her eyes from rolling back in her head.  But once that prerequisite had been satisfied, she explained that after you walk in hot weather with a backpack full of books, you are left with a sweaty mark on your back from the pack and its straps that looks like, well, a bunny rabbit.

Sadly, by the time I get an opportunity to use this little tidbit of information, everyone will have moved onto some new expression.  It's scary, but I feel like I'm about ten minutes from going out on the front porch and yelling at those pesky kids to get the heck off the lawn, dammit!

If only we had a front porch.  Or a lawn.

What ever!

Posted by David Bogner on May 10, 2010 | Permalink


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On the plus side, those elastic belt trousers are really comfortable, especially when you wear 'em right about armpit height... :)

We're getting old, my friend: might as well enjoy the ride.

Posted by: efrex | May 10, 2010 6:45:57 PM

I`ve read that heavy backpacks are responsible for a type of back injury that was very rare in a previous generation of kids.

Posted by: Ed | May 11, 2010 2:34:44 AM

What ever? Don't you mean "whatevs"?

Posted by: Drew | May 12, 2010 1:12:28 AM

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