Monday, November 27, 2006

Things are moving too quickly!

On Saturday, my son went off with a whole bunch of his erstwhile classmates for the ritual post-matric ‘klomp pomp’ (*) in Plett. That same day, my fifteen-year-old daughter got her nose pierced.

At this rate, I’m going to be a grandfather soon!

(*) Afrikaans (colloq.): gang bang

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you'll be the coolest and best grandfather anywhere!

6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eish! How quickly they grow up.

7:50 pm  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for explaining the South African slang, but does 'gang bang' mean in South Africa what it means here? ;)

11:47 pm  
Anonymous kyknoord said...

Looks like you're headed for the "Father of Teenagers Makeover" - where you hair either turns grey or falls out.

10:04 am  
Anonymous chitty said...

‘klomp pomp’ says it all. You may be bouncing little ones on your knee sooner than you think.

10:28 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

J. David Zacko-Smith: IS a cool grandfather actually cool? Definitely not if he tries to be cool.

DougZAR: Yep, they sure do!

Bill: Yep, it means the same thing. Basically, a whole bunch of 17-18 year olds go away for a week together where the all drink too much, smoke lots of weed and try their best to get laid. So, it may not be an orgy in the true sense of the word but shagging (or attempts at it) is the order of the day.

kyknoord: It’s already started turning grey!

chitty: I certainly hope not!

11:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! Nothing like kids to make a person feel old eh? I thought I was still really cool & with-it until my 16-year old stepdaughter moved in with us. Now I just feel old. And I suspect the younger generation don't use terms like "with-it" and "younger generation" so much either.
blech!

6:45 pm  
Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

There is the option of getting your nose pierced too and showing her what a hip and with it kinda dad you are. Then again there's a good chance she'll say something like, 'Eewww dad, that's gross!' and bill you for years of therapy some time in her mid-twenties. ;)

5:39 am  
Blogger houstonmacbro said...

i was a pretty wild teen (mohawk, punk-rock, etc.) ... really radical for a black kid in the 80s ... but i grew out of it and have become relative conservative in appearance and thought.

in fact now, the idea and sight of of tattoes, etc. drives me insane.

just let them do their thing. if you taught them right, and there is nothing to suggest you haven't, they will always know right from wrong.

11:14 am  
Anonymous xmichra said...

see, i am at the point where i can no longer hold Kira up like a baby... that makes me sad!! Growth.. it is so hard to watch some days.

4:21 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Dam! I wish our highschool had a big gangbang after. =)

HA!

3:09 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Terri: I wonder if any child ever finds their parents cool? The parents of friends are sometimes cool, but never your own parents!

LiVEwiRe: I think she’d die of embarrassment if I were to do that.

houstonmacbro: If you don’t like tattoos, don’t come to the UK!! I don’t like them either but they’re so common around here.

xmichra: There will be lots more milestones like that before she’s asking for piercings. And each time one passes, you’ll feel that sadness about something lost.

Rob7534: I wish mine had had one too although I’d probably have hated it at the time.

11:23 am  
Blogger angel said...

damien has mentioned tattoos and piercings- but i've told him he can wait for both till he can afford to do them himself!
best of luck to ya!

2:07 pm  
Anonymous Aquila said...

haha klomp pomp - much like groeps woeps

11:53 am  

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