I took a break from word-scrambling last night to check Facebook, and saw I had a friend request. It was from my 13-year-old nephew, Derek.
Now let me tell you something. I’m great with kids, and it’s for one main reason: I understand that kids LOVE BEING TEASED AND EMBARRASSED (right?). This is my secret to being, across the board, the favorite aunt. And not to brag, but I have like a bajillion nieces and nephews so being everyone’s favorite is quite the feat.
Anyway. OF COURSE the first thing I do is post this on Derek’s wall:
Because if I’m going to toe the line between getting a well-deserved eyeroll or being unfriended, I’d better know where it is.
Hmm. That doesn’t seem very high at all. So I try to reframe the question:
Then, of course, I started thinking of baby animals, because once they’re mentioned it’s IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO.
So without waiting for a response I googled “baby animals” and posted the first pictures I could find, complete with captions:
So far, Derek has not unfriended me. I’m taking that as a good sign that I should step up my game. Next up: pictures of Derek as a baby with food on his face. And who knows, if that goes well, I might start fabricating tales of imaginary friends and bed-wetting.
Derek, if you’re reading, thanks for being a good sport! :)