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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Filial piety

I'm half-Asian, my son one quarter. The latter percentage is evidently insufficient to sustain the Confucian ethic of respect for one's ancestors.

My son texted me this afternoon about the post I put up earlier today, about Wikileaks. He said, "I'm surprised Assange is charged with rape because he looks like such a homo, but hopefully he goes to prison."

I was at the dentist when I received that message, so to explain why I couldn't really communicate just then, I texted back, "I'm having my teeth cleaned right now."

Johnny's reply: "Is that your new euphemism for sucking dick?"

Hmm. 

I can state without a scintilla of doubt that I never, ever would have even dreamed of speaking to my own father that way.

If this trend continues, I can't begin to imagine how Johnny's son will speak to him.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

John,

Your post made me soil myself i was laughing so hard.

Thanks,

Mad Dog

John Craig said...

Tom -- I have to admit, I laughed when I got that text. I actually shared it with my dental hygienist, who wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

Anonymous said...

There's no doubt that Johnny's turn of phrase will have a happy home in the Army. Good job raising a patriot Dad. ;)
G

John Craig said...

Guy -- My first thought was that was probably where he got it from. But maybe I'm not giving him enough credit for originality.

Anonymous said...

If I were that dental hygienist I would have cemented your mouth shut.

John Craig said...

Anonymous -- You're not the first to express that general sentiment.