Conversation with a teenage daughter

Sometimes life is funnier than anything you could devise in your fiction. Following is a conversation between my daughter and me. I plan to use it in a longer piece when the time is right. Read on:

I was chatting with my daughter, Sarah, one afternoon. The conversation turned to one of her friends.

“So,“ I said. “How is Jessica?”

Sarah replied, “She’s pretty depressed.”

“Problems with her job?”

“She hates her job, but that’s normal for Jessica.”

“What else is bothering her?”

“She bought a pair of jeans last year and she can’t wear them.”

 “Why? Are they too small?” I kept boring down to get to the meat of the conversation.  Sometimes you have to be a communications engineer to excavate the point of a conversation with my daughter. After 17 years, I am a master at it.

“Yeah,” Sarah said. “She’s gaining weight again.”  Jessica had been at least 25 pounds overweight since junior high.

“I thought she was dieting,” I said.

“She is.”

 “Then why is she gaining weight?”

“It’s because she’s anorexic,” my daughter patiently explained to her dimwitted mother.

I was truly puzzled. “She’s gaining weight because she’s anorexic?”

“Well, yeah. But she’s not very good at it.”

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to ask.

Henrietta   Henrietta wrote
on 5/31/2010 1:35:21 PM
Thanks for your comments. My daughter still doesn't understand why I think it's so funny that her she says, "She's anorexic. She's just not very good at it." She's 28 now and the mom of the two kids in my profile picture. Believe me, Elton, I'm already enjoying payback. The kids are 2 and 4 now.

Elton4562   Elton4562 wrote
on 5/31/2010 12:26:23 AM
The Conversation Trying to talk with your child Effort can surely drive you wild This isn’t a very good day. I just have nothing to say. With a sigh, she rolls her eyes No need for you to try to advise Your talk comes far too late Or is hopelessly out of date To her, there’s not a single doubt Don’t know what you talk about With the world, out of touch Really, you never knew much Pay back time for her will come Only when she becomes a mum Then you can hide a smile When she is put under trial

KLHpensil   KLHpensil wrote
on 5/31/2010 12:14:29 AM
Haha, I like it :) I'd love to see what you write from this.

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writing Henrietta
The photo is of my grandkids.
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As the title says, this is based on conversation with my daughter. It is not meant in any way to diminish the seriousness of a serious problem with many young women. It just reflects our communication through the years.