Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Memories of Aunt Frieda

Crazy-making psychological invalidations that should not be said to children:

Me: Auntie, I have a headache.
Aunt Frieda: (stock answer) I ALWAYS have a headache, but I do what has to be done ANYWAY.

Me: Auntie, I'm bored.
Aunt Frieda: (stock answer) Intelligent people are never bored.

Me: I hate you! (regular childhood tantrum)
Aunt Frieda: (stock answer) It's normal for children to hate their parents at your age.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, this explains a lot. :)

11:59 am  
Blogger Alicia said...

i think we all have an aunt frieda in the family. mine was aunt alice, a retired colonel in the army who looked like burgess meredith dressed up as the penguin in the 60's batman show, complete with black cigarette holder. i used to wait with bated breath as a child for her to suddenly burst into laughter..."wah, wah, wah, wah, wah" and waddle out the door. it never happened. the woman didn't laugh. i think it was some kind of medical anomoly, like she was missing the humor part of her brain.

6:40 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe dear Auntie's actual words were: "Smart children are never bored." Somehow I feel that distinction is worthy of note...you making her use bigger words than she did & all that.

not that a stupid child would actually know what "intelligent" means...

11:10 am  

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