My daughter is 9.
This means she thinks everything and everybody is weird (I don’t call her the Evil Spawn for nothing).
Her mom is weird (especially when she dances).
I’m weird (anytime I speak to her).
I get the feeling as parents we are in for a long decade.
I don’t even remember what we were talking about , but I said something was weird.
She responded with “Weird like when you see your teacher at a grocery store weird? Or like when someone you’ve know starts wearing a cowboy hat weird?”
I must admit I had to take a moment and think about this one.
Both of them are pretty weird.
When you’re a kid there is nothing weirder than seeing your teacher in public.
In a student’s mind, their teacher is always supposed to remain in their natural habitat.
Seeing them in any other type of situation just doesn’t seem right.
I get this same type of reaction as an administrator.
Students find it odd when they see me outside of school.
It’s even weirder for them if I’m wearing jeans.
Evidently, they think I should never leave the office and I should wear a tie 24 hours a day (if it makes them feel any better… I feel like I never leave the office and I wear a tie 24 hours a day).
So I guess weird is just anything out of the ordinary.
But to answer my daughter’s question, I’m going to have to go with weird like when someone starts wearing a cowboy hat.
I don’t care who you are, that’s weird.
You can only wear a cowboy hat if you’ve always worn a cowboy hat.
If you haven’t worn one by the age of 8, you can never wear one (it’s the law… Google it).
It’s not a fashion accessory you can just jump into mid-life.
It’s so weird, the next time my daughter has a friend over I may be wearing a cowboy hat.
If she thinks I’m weird now, she hasn’t seen anything yet (maybe it’s her that’s in for a long decade).
My daughter’s weird comparison comes from one of her favorite shows Phineas and Ferb. I’ve watched it a couple of times. It’s weird.