Conversations with teen boys

23 Jun

What can I say?  My teen boys are proud geeks.  Lord knows I’ve wandered through enough episodes of Stargate to prove that.  I have no one to blame but myself (well, maybe their father) – I bought them their first light sabers.

The other day, Sean started talking about atoms and how if you took all the atoms in the universe, they’d fit into a coffee mug or something relatively small like that, as atoms are made up of tiny particles…or something like that…I don’t know, I began to go cross-eyed at the science talk, which lead me to interrupt with…

“Sean, you know “The Big Bang Theory”?”


“I’m Penny.”

He laughed.

Tonight is the whole SuperMoon night.  I mentioned it to the boys, and we wandered outside to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon while I made cracks about how it better be wearing a cape.

Boy 1 – “it’s behind a cloud.”

Mom – “yes, because it’s changing into its cape.”

Boy 1 – “Now would be a bad time for a villain to have a laser on the moon.”

Boy 2 arrives on the scene – “There is a scientific name for this…”

Mom – “SuperMoon?”

Boy 2 – “No…”

Boy 1 – “Don’t bother cracking jokes about villains with lasers, I’ve already done it.”

Boy 2 – “Hey, that cloud looks like the Enterprise.”

Boy 1 – “which one?”

Mom – “There is so much geekery in this conversation.”

And no, we couldn’t get a picture of the starship cloud, the wind blew it apart before the boy could get his cell phone out to take a picture of it.


One Response to “Conversations with teen boys”

  1. saracvt June 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    The technical term is “perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system”, but having no idea how to pronounce that, I go with “superMoon”. (I also am a proud geek; I’m Leonard.)

    However, Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “Okay to call tonight’s Full Moon ‘super’ but only if you would call a 13-inch pizza ‘super’ compared with a 12-inch pizza.” So mostly I’m not paying attention to it.

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