I’m a super freak!

Cheyenne tells me I am not the cell phone police.  Her initial argument forcefully made the point that I was an offender myself right up to a couple of weeks ago.  I tried telling her that having seen the light I felt a moral obligation to share it with others…she was not impressed. 

She told me,  "Don’t be a freak!" 

I told her that one is not a freak just because one stands up for something they believe in (even if they were a sinner in the fairly recent past).  She gave me the look (the look that says -do you really think I am foolish enough to buy what you just said?). 

She reiterated her disdain from a different attack point.  She said, "If you are a freak and tell everyone not to talk on their phone in the car, people will say when they see me – that is the freak’s daughter."  Oh sure…the old "don’t embarrass me" approach.  I thought that was one of my job duties as a parent…embarrassing my offspring…did she really think that was going to work?

Today when we were out and I saw folks on their phone at a stop light I told Cheyenne to roll down the window so that I could tell them the risks involved in talking on the phone – she was horrified.  Her eyes got as big as saucers and I think she stopped taking in air for a good minute each time.  Luckily the light would turn green, traffic would start moving and Cheyenne would breathe.  I have to say, after seeing the effect of this the first time I enjoyed it so much that I was looking forward to red lights and cell phone talkers the entire way home.

What the heck?  If I am going to be labeled a freak I want to earn my keep…indeed, why even do it half way…why not be a super freak?  I can hear Rick James singing about me now.

No, I wouldn’t have really counseled folks at stop lights on the risks of cell phone usage behind the wheel, but the super freak’s daughter didn’t know that. 😉

Day two hundred and seventy-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da


About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to I’m a super freak!

  1. PrairieWoman says:

    I recently joined the 21st century and got a cell phone under the self-imposed rule that the car is not a place I will use it. I haven’t yet. I’m still learning to text effectively so won’t be any texting either.

    You raise a good point in this post and the previous. It’s dangerous. And that guy who was texting in the school zone…I hope he was at least reprimanded for it.

  2. jimlindlauf says:

    The treat of embarrassment is a powerful one with my 14 year old as well! Way to use it!

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