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Overheard: “Hey, Dad, when I’m 18, I want to get a tattoo of a cat on my stomach.” (Parenting a Middle Schooler, pt. 3)

November 7th, 2012 Posted in Family, Middle School Life

I am sitting in the living room in early evening, reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Maggie, my 6th-grader, is doing handstands not five feet away — because that is what Maggie does these days, continual handstands. Every day, all day.

Maggie: “When I’m 18, I want to get a tattoo of a cat on my stomach.”

Dad: “Oh?”

Maggie: “Yeah, except I want my belly button to be the cat’s butt.”

Dad: “Is that so?”

Maggie: “Wait, I’ll draw you a picture!”

And she does.

  1. 2 Responses to “Overheard: “Hey, Dad, when I’m 18, I want to get a tattoo of a cat on my stomach.” (Parenting a Middle Schooler, pt. 3)”

  2. By Julie on Nov 7, 2012

    That makes me laugh out loud! Separately, I am reading Murakami’s latest - 1Q84. Even weirder and better than Kafka, if you haven’t read it.

  3. By Cyndi on Nov 7, 2012

    Hysterical! Bleepin’ hysterical.

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