Monday, May 28, 2012

Tween Tales: Colors

Our youngest, LB, is a twelve year old middle schooler. He is a cute kid and I say this using the number of little girls who have called our home asking for him as my gauge, not the biased mommy meter.

Last night we were on our way home from dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant and decided to stop at a popular frozen yogurt shop for dessert. This shop is a little out of our neighborhood and we had to drive through a section of town we don't usually frequent.

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It was dark, and at one particular intersection we came upon a parked police cruiser with its siren lights on alerting motorist to a closed portion of the roadway. Pedestrians were gathered around.

LB sees the commotion and declares, "LOOK! Crime scene, ahead! Are we in an area known for gang activity?"

I assured him we were not and continue, "LB, all those people are holding candles. They must be holding a candlelight vigil for someone who died right there. The police car is just there to make sure no one gets hit by a car."

"Oh, welllllllll... did you know you could get shot for accidentally wearing the wrong color in a gang neighborhood? One gang is blue and the other red."

"Yeah, that's crazy and very scary."

"Yeah, so if I ever have to go to {City known for prolific gang violence and daily gang shootings} I'm going to make sure I'm wearing pink.... or purple."

As I look out the window at the other cars, I envision LB in sticking out like a sore thumb in such an environment, with his Justin Bieber hair cut, vans and pink outfit. I smile to myself and tell him, "Great idea, LB, that's good."

...Yeah, pink would most definitely keep him safe.

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38 comments:

  1. I have a salmon colored shirt, Kellie insists that it's pink, and she won't let me wear it.

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    1. OF COURSE it's salmon (ross). I mean, duh! :)

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  2. Heh....oh kids. So sweet/naive.

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  3. Isn't pink rumored to be a very non-confrontational color?

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  4. Haha! I make Ty do his own laundry and when he was first learning how he had an incident with a red towel that turned his t-shirts pink. He proudly wore those pink shirts to school as a badge of honor, thinking he would get out of laundry duty from then on. Silly kid. Haha!

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    1. Nice try! Kids are so smart. He probably did it on purpose hoping for laundry freedom. ;)

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  5. Aw, kids are awesome with their crazy logic. lol.

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    1. I am trying to savor every sweet moment left in this kid before his hormones take over.

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  6. so glad to hear they still wear Vans :)

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  7. pink is used in some jails to calm people down.

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  8. Awesome! LB is both socially aware and safety conscious. I was going to suggest fluorescent orange, but Vanessa's comment made me think hospital green might be a good look for the next school year.

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  9. I am a new follower and Im loving your blog I cant stop laughing.

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    1. Thank you so much for the follow and welcome to the absurd.

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  10. Perfect - it's good to plan ahead :-)

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  11. Kids are so funny sometimes! I really need to make a better effort at writing things down in a notebook for future laughs!

    ;-)

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    1. Do! I wish I started as soon as they were born!

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  12. Haha! Kids are so funny!
    Yes, I suppose pink is very gang-neutral.

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  13. Well, pink is my favorite color so I support that decision! =)

    Thanks for linking up with us again!

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  14. Perhaps green might be a good option instead. Then again, if he is wearing Vans and looks like Justin Bieber, I can't imagine he'd get confused with a gang member too often :)

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  15. Yeah, pink is the new "tough"

    Sounds like a smart kid anyway.

    WG

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  16. I wish we could freeze them at this age...at a moment when they are sweet and like this. Not when they are ragingly hormonal, of course. That would be stupid. Ellen

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  17. When they are 12 they still believe in so much possibility I agree with Ellen it is a lovely age.

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  18. Innocence, it's a beautiful thing.

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    1. You're so right. He is our fourth and last. I wish I could stop time.

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  19. ah, pink + Justin Beiber = fabulous!

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  20. Bless his heart! I loved this. My son is 13, and I swear he would say all of this. Except he would not be caught wearing pink, which make me worry he would have a terrible fate if ever caught in this predicament.

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    1. Oh, No! Ha! No, our son is all about self-preservation! He'd dress in drag if it meant he didn't have to pick up dog poop in the back yard.

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