I have mentioned a few times here how my middle schooler has all types of expressions but one that is currently taking the prize for most annoying is “Awww”. It started out as her sarcastic reaction to anything I mentioned that deserved a slight bit of emotion. So, for example, I could say, “I cannot believe I forget to turn in this form.” She would get that sly look, raise her eyebrows and I would think, maybe, just maybe, there will be a new comment. There would be a delay…..then, “Awww” would arrive.
Then it escalated. “Awww” started to be the automatic response to any question or comment from me. I could say, “You may need a new school folder. Your folder looks worn out.” She would wait. I wouldn’t see it coming. Then, “Awww. My folder looks worn out.” She would smile and I would cringe internally. “Really? Is this a conversation?” I would ask, trying to conceal how angry I was becoming over something so silly. She would see my dismay and then it was, “Awww”. Again. An “Awww” on top of an “Awww.” I started to wonder if she was losing her ability to communicate. What if some bizarre “Awww” martians visited her middle school and implanted “Awww” chips in her brain. Every time she would use it, I would try to be clever. Fight fire with fire. I would say, “So did they serve a side of sarcasm with your school lunch today?” Awww. Nothing worked. There seemed to be no cure.
“You are not using this with other people, are you?” “Awww. Yes, I am.” “Who, your friends? Nana and Grampy?” “Sure, with everyone.” Why haven’t my parents mentioned it? Do they not notice it? Do they think it is cute? Then it happened to me. Someone at work mentioned how overwhelmed they were and in my mind I heard, “Awww.” I think I said, “Hmmmm” or “Oh, I know”. I hope it sounded sympathetic. But my brain kept shouting, “Awww.” Louder and louder. I wanted to say it. Oh no, it’s contagious. You may leave this blog post and instead of a genuine reaction, you may be compelled to utter a sarcastic “Awww.” I certainly hope not. Please let me know…….because……Awww. That would be terrible!