Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Overheard...


[This whole story is paraphrased because I don't sit at the teen table anymore.]

The other day, my son and I met some friends at a fast food restaurant after his physical therapy. The four teens sat at one table and my friend, Robin, and I sat at another table and gabbed about all the things teens hate. It's a highlight of my week.  

The specific teen dynamic at the other table consisted of three siblings and my own son, Gonzo. Q-man and Gonzo have been best pals for years. The twins, Gillypoo and Big Z, are along for the ride usually. Big Z is Q-man's younger brother and like all younger brothers, he wants desperately to be part of the older guy's conversations. 

Somewhere along the way, Big Z pitched an idea to the older guys: Thanksgiving lights. I could hear them chuckle at the thought and Big Z kept pitching away. Nothing they said could diminish his excitement.  

"Come on, I think this is an idea whose time has come. Why not? This could be the next big thing. Thanksgiving is a big holiday - why not lights?" he presented with an abundance of boyish enthusiasm. The boy was totally serious. 

"I think you're just jealous of my idea because you didn't think of it," Big Z added. 

This started a series of friendly jabs and jokes at Big Z's expense. Finally, he pleaded, "Come on...I'm sending all these good vibes your way and all I'm getting is bad vibes in return...you're jealous of me and my good idea..."

I love kids. They are an endless source of amusement. If I find turkey lights, I'm hanging ten strings of 'em around my porch and inviting Big Z over.

32 comments:

  1. As long as they're made in the U.S.A., rather than in Communist China, I'm all for 'em. I won't buy 'em, but I'm all for 'em.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I'm sure that American factories can whip out turkey lights. But seriously, if you would have seen how earnestly he pitched his idea, it would have really cracked you up. It was like he thought he had a billion dollar idea and they just weren't buying it. The "vibes" comment made me laugh out loud.

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  2. I bet someone makes them. You should do that.

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    1. If I can find some, I will! He was so cute and earnest.

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  3. lol kids sure do amuse indeed. Hey, you never know, could be a hit.

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    1. Big Z thinks so! Every great idea has to have a cheerleader.

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  4. If they look like the ones on your blog, I'm sure Big Z would be excited. Where do you come up with these names???

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    1. I mask all the kids on the blog, including my own. Most of them are anxious to be given an alias, believe it or not. Q-man's first name begins with Q and actually, I've called him that for years. Big Z, same story, but he is the youngest of the gang (by minutes) but has the biggest heart. Gillypoo...well, again, messing with her real name and trying to get her to roll her eyes when she sees it.

      Usually the nicknames are a combo of real names and real personalities or characteristics - always in a positive way.

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    1. Don't ya just love kids? They're so funny. And serious!!

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  6. They have pumpkins, why not turkeys??

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  7. If you find turkey lights, let me know where! Wouldn't they be fun? The grandchildren would love them!

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  8. I found some!! They're at oogalights.com. They're strings of 10 turkey lights for $16.95. You can get either Kentucky Tom or Heritage Hen. You're welcome!!

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  9. I think I actually saw some at the Christmas store in Niagara On The Lake but that was a few years back. He is on to something and how much you wanna bet you will see them in the next year or 2? Kids are funny. I was once eavesdropping..um..I mean just hearing a bunch of teens talk and I had to chuckle.

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  10. I'm glad you told this story. It brings back memories of when my son was teenager and his friends hanging out. Fun times. Turkey lights..Hmm. Pitch it to QVC.

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  11. I live the idea! There's a few people that will wait until March to take them down, though!

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  12. Well, fishducky found the turkey lights. Now it's up to you to buy them and put them up. We want photos.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. Just google "turkey lights for thanksgiving". Get your order in soon.

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  14. Can you imagine Thanksgiving lights at my house, no, me neither for many reasons first being we don't do Thanksgiving in this country

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  15. Thanks for the chuckle. Teenagers come up with outrageous ideas and think they're Original and Spectacular (and will not be dissuaded). My ex's kids are teens and they crack me up all the time.

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  16. I am sure they havd some Thanksgiving lights.
    If you just leave up the orange lights from Halloween instant Turkey lights !

    Kids are just great.
    I posted today some drawings from my 5 year old granddaugher, happiness on paper.

    cheers, parsnip

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  17. Another holiday to decorate for, bah humbug!

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  18. I have pink flamingo lights.

    My mother and grandmother would have bought turkey lights. They decorated (mom still does) big for every holiday. I'm too lazy for that. I need to start Christmas now to get it all up by the time Santa arrives.

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  19. You know why teens can come up with ideas like this? Because they don't have to actually hang the lights. At any table full of adults, if someone brought up this idea, at least one person would say, "Are you kidding? Take the Halloween decorations down, hang Thanksgiving decorations for a month, then take those down again to put Christmas lights up?" How about a strand of lights that can change colors to match the seasons? Red or pink for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, pastels for Easter, red white and blue for Memorial Day through Labor Day, etc.!

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  20. Turkey lights would be GENIUS. I have given up looking for nice Thanksgiving decorations because apparently only Halloween and Christmas are holidays that get decorations, so I would totally hang turkey lights all over my house and my office.

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    1. Except the tryptophan in turkey lights would make you sleepy.
      This may not be true.

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    2. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee there's no tryptophan in turkey lights.

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    3. Because I made that whole thing up.

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  21. They'd be just as appropriate as those giant inflatable turkeys you see on some peoples' front lawns.

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  22. I bet there are turkey lights for sale somewhere, just like there are Halloween and Christmas lights. Everyone loves Thanksgiving food so why not decorations too? :)

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  23. We can have lights for every holiday, but then-- how would we notice Christmas? Also, teens don't pay the electric bill, do they.
    signed
    Ms. Scrooge

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Love, Cherdo