Friday, March 5, 2010

The day that my kid beat me at my own game.

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Did you ever play Opposite Day when you were a kid? Just in case you grew up under a rock and don't know what I'm talking about, here is the definition from The Urban Dictionary.

Opposite Day:
"Rooted in playground tradition.
A fictional holiday, in which everything you do
or say means exactly the opposite.
Often used at the end of a sentence
to negate what you just said."

Get the idea? Okay...moving on. I was the master of Opposite Day when I was a kid. Priding myself in the fact that I could always confuse my Grandma who really had her wits about her. She was still an easy target as I would randomly declare the holiday then proceed to prance around her and flex my brain, saying the exact opposite of what I meant. We could go on for hours, me talking smack and her getting all flustered as the day wore on. It was great.

Well, the other day, Karma came into my home, plopped down on the couch, and laughed her ass off at me. Here is a conversation that I had with Griffin.

G: It's Opposite Day.

: That's cool. (Trying to act all casual but really I'm excited on the inside
because he has no idea who he's dealing with).

: I need a snack, please.

: So, you're not hungry then?

: No.

: So, you don't want a snack?

: Yes

: (Getting flummoxed) you're telling me that you want a snack?


: Okay, time out...I'm going to the kitchen, am I getting you a snack?

: No

: Is it still Opposite Day?

: Yes

Me: Okay...that means that it is not Opposite day at this moment?
So, this whole snack thing...did you really want one?

: No

At which point I just walked away, went into the bathroom, closed the door, took a good long look in the mirror, and said to myself: "You're losing your edge, Leigh!"

Please scroll down to play Freakshow Friday.


Shannon said...

A FF hello! :)

I liked your exchange. I could sense your frustration. ha! And I can't help but wonder whether he got his snack.

Shannon at

BigSis said...

You're clearly raising a smart kid. He might be too smart for your own good though :)

Andrea said...

Brings back some mommie memories for me.
Blessings, andrea

w said...


my daughter likes the "i'm going to repeat everything you say" game.

it makes me shove my head into the oven.

boots said...

love this HAHA ! and i think if you were playing too then he didnt ever want a snack. i think. HAHA

Rebekah said...

You totally should have just started repeating everything he said just to mess with him. Because changing the rules? Is a mommy's prerogative.

Anonymous said...

He is a smart one but don't you hate when they one-up you?

Sadly my boys have grown out of opposite day. I will have to teach my grandchildren when they get older.

Stopping by from CCWA!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

That is a smart one you have there!

I was once told - kids spend their whole lives trying to get one over on their parents, where parents have other things to do than trying to stay one step ahead.

Kearsie said...

Oh man.

I had to smack myself upside the head to uncross my eyeballs whilst trying to decipher that conversation.

Also, Dear God, please don't let my two girls discover Opposite Day else I will be forced to learn to drink. Amen.

June said...

I would not be good at this game... but willing to try!

Tracie said...

My daughter recently discovered opposite day and I realized that for some reason this game is much more fun when you are the kid!

Danielle said...

Hey, I wanna play. (remember that it is still opposite day)

Mama Bird said...

Popping by from Friday Follow and following!
Mama Bird

Traci said...

Holy crap, is that funny!

Jennifer Lynn said...

Hilarious!! I could never hand with either of you:)

mindy2780 said...

ahh payback =) As my mom would tell me, you had one just like you!

singedwingangel said...

lmbo ahh age ain't it grand... nothign like beign reminded of how old we really are then when our kids outwit us at a game we mastered in the day..

Matty said...

This is a classic. I think you've met your match.

Sarah RDH said...

Thanks for the comments; sorry, I totally forgot to grab your button! I had some technical issues to deal with (hence, posted a day late!)

Existential Waitress said...

LOL - I used to love to get my grandma all flustered too. good times.

My kids love this game too. You know what they say: paybacks are a bitch. LOL.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

classic case of the master becoming the student, grasshopper

Ziva said...

I can already tell I would suck at this game.

ModernMom said...

Found you through Much More then Mommy!
I lost my edge...umm..years ago! LOL Backwards day was never my thing:)

Love your blog!

Marie said...

LOL! Awesome!

Katherine said...

Hilarious! I hate it when they beat me at my own games.

Anonymous said...

Eep! That's intimidating for anyone. Way to play, Griffin!

JennyMac said...

HAHA...brilliant kids will get you every time. LOL.

Beth said...

My 4-year old confuses me all the time with opposite day. I blame sleep deprivation!

Jessica said...

I think my kids are stuck in some "Groundhog Day" version of opposite day. Everything they say is smack, and they NEVER make sense.
Then again, welcome to the teens.

Rebecca said...

Oh, my goodness! Too funny! Love it!

Stopping by from SITS!

Sarah RDH said...

hahaha!! I still play opposite day, except I turn it around on my son when he's all "Why didn't you get me a snack, you said you would." and I'm all "It's opposite day dude."

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

So cute! Sounds like he inherited your cleverness!

anNEonymous franke said...

Glad to have found your blog--hope to see you on mine when you have time


Therese said...

So glad my little can't partake in verbal sparring yet. But, I have it coming to me... LOL, so funny :)

Linda said...

(Opposite Day Comment)
My kids never get the best of me.
I am never frustrated with my kids and always know what they want.
My kids are not smarter than me.
I am in control of my parenting stress and do not eat chocolate all day long.
Your blog annoys me.

The Only Girl said...

yes - Opposite Day is a favourite around here as well! I think they enjoy being able to say "I don't love you mommy" and get away with it.

Anonymous said...

LOL! That is priceless! My daughter tries to play opposite day with me all the time. She cheats and changes the rules though.

Libby said...

Ah...the old, "1, 2, paradox approach." I know it well.

Much More Than Mommy said...

I am really thankful that I can still out-wit my girls. Of course, they're only 6 and 3...

Raoulysgirl said...

So...did he get a snack or not?

Don't you just love kids?

Aleta said...

LMAO. I think it's only "opposite" day when it doesn't have anything to do with snacks. Hehe. Never did opposite day with my family :)

Lynn said...

I've been scrolling through your blog and it's hilarious. Just had to leave you a comment. I sure wish I could come up with a good caption for that chain mail prom photo, but I got nothing. But thank you very much, it's an image that will probably be in my head now for the rest of the day.