Monday, July 13, 2009

He Had An Epiphany

EPIPHANY - [i-pif-uh-nee] - noun.

1. a moment of self-realization or discovery that enlightens or reveals the person’s character.

Epiphany is rooted in the Greek word epiphania which translates to manifestation. As used in modern fiction,
philosophy and psychology, an epiphany is the manifestation of self-truths.

Why am I talking about epiphanies? WELL, let me tell ya. I mean... since you asked?!

Last week the kids and I were sitting on the couch watching TV; "So You Think You Can Dance" to be specific. One of the girls did a routine in which she wore absolutely NO Make-up and it was perfect for the 'role' that she was in. Then in her next routine, she had her normal make-up back on. She went from pale to rosie.

Cameron (my 12-year-old son) noticed this dancer's suddenly rosie, pink cheeks. He announced to his sister and I that "She put COLOR on her cheeks!" like this was some amazing discovery he'd JUST made.

I stared at him in disbelief for a moment with a look of "And?" thinking he must be kidding.

He just stared back. It was then that I knew he really had no clue!

I said, "Cam, you do realize that we ALLLL put color on our cheeks, right?" He looked at me like I was so foolish and as if to say "You can't fool ME, Mom." I stared blankly... waiting for his thought process to catch up and realize I was serious.

He stared. I stared. {{Crickets chirped}} And then it went something like this:

Cam: "You don't put color on YOUR cheeks though."

Me: "YES, I dooooooooooo!"

Riley: "Yes, she does!"

Cam: "WHY?" (said in a tone that showed me how stupid such behaviour is)

Me: "So I look like I have more color?"

Cam: "Granny doesn't!"

Me: "Yes. She DOES!"

Cam: "Mrs. Rosenbalm doesn't?"

Me. "Yes. She does."

Cam: {{crickets chirping}} {{blank stare}}

And then he shook his head in disbelief.

You see, Cameron just had an epiphany. The sudden realization that (1.) girls are WEIRD, (2.) he'll never understand women, and (3.) what ya see isn't always what ya get!

Ahhhh, too bad I didn't have a camera at that very moment when he realized his mother was so foolish. And to think he just thought all of us had pretty rosie cheeks. Has he not seen me first thing in the morning? Has he not noticed the difference after swimming?

I'll take that as a compliment! He doesn't see my flaws, he just sees me as rosie all the time. Course now he knows I'm a fool who paints fake color on her cheeks. {"pop"} I just burst HIS little bubble! Oh well, it had to happen sometime!


  1. Such a cute story! I can just imagine his disappointment!
    Love Collette x

  2. I love it!! That is just too funny!

  3. Too cute! Boys! Gotta love them! :)

  4. The secret's out now. Erica, that's cute! I don't know if this is a epiphany or a rude awakening. LOL!

  5. You put color on your cheeks???? WHAT? That is a stange behavior for sure LOL!!! ;)

    That is kind of adorable that he did not know the difference!!!

    Have a Happy Monday!

  6. What a funny story! And now Cam is forever changed! ;)

  7. That is funny. I am not sure if my boys would know the difference although they have watched me put my color on a 100 times! In fact the other day Colin watched as I put my eyeliner on and wondered why. When I said it was to make my eyes look bigger, he just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. They will never know how much we go trhough on a daily basis!!! Hope Cam wasn't hurt for life over that!! LOL

  8. oh too cute! see their ignorance starts early lol. boys are oblivious to the pains we go through to make ourselves beautiful!

  9. That is hilarious! And I love the fact that he has only now realized that you wear make-up... he just thinks you are naturally beautiful. Which of course, you are!

  10. Yes, Cameron...we girls are definately weird.

  11. What a cute story. Poor Cameron! I don't wear blush, however because I have naturally rosie cheeks. The problem? The 'rosie' part is between my cheekbone and my jawline-way too low to look right. If I put blush on, it looks like I totally botched it and put it from the apples of my cheeks to my jaw. Horrendous. So I just don't wear any. Natural color is not all it's cracked up to be sometimes!

  12. awww that's so funny!!

    I don't know why we have to do a lot of the things we women do!! I'd be happy if we could get rid of makeup, flat irons and bras!! LOL

  13. I am pretty sure that I have learned everything that I need to know about life and dancing from SYTYCD.

    I am glad to know that I am not alone. Seems like your 12 yo and I have more than a few things in common. :)


  14. When my hubby and I were dating I once asked him "Do you think I have to much makeup on today?" and he came back with a surprised "You wear makeup?"

    Even now I don't think he is aware when I do and don't wear it, but that's probably because I don't wear alot of it.

    Still, I guess I burst his bubble that day. Nope, that rosy color of mine is bought and paid for!

  15. How funny! Poor guy, better he learned the truth now instead of later, ha! My boys like watching me put my make-up on, so their bubble was burst loooong ago!

  16. Oh Cameron! What a great epiphany :)

  17. Yeah I remember Miti saying that and I told Dwight that's how we'd have to do it. He told me I was crazy...he wasn't doing that:-) I think she said it took her 3 hours or so? If I had done that, the pool would become a permanent fixture because there wouldn't be a second time.

    I hate having to put on makeup but it's amazing the transformation.

  18. Oh to be at that end of the spectrum. My epiphany came when I realized my face definitely benefited by this ritual painting on the skin.

  19. Yep! It had to happen sometime! LOL

  20. This is a priceless post! What an education Cameron got! LOL I loved the way you wrote this, with the crickets chirping and everything. Too funny, girl!

  21. Awww...what a sweetie! How innocent he was for awhile. :o)

  22. LOL! that is so funny! Funny how boys just don't notice those things...except when I have 'black' all over my eyes! {mascara}
    Don't you just want to keep them innocent and sweet forever! {I totally waited while reading this so I could listen to the crickets chirp! haha!}

  23. Bless his heart. He's so innocent. Learning from mom & sis is better than some other girl who will tease him. Cuz you & Riley won't tease him will you? No...

    He's so cute!

  24. Too bad he doesn't know me...I don't put color on my cheeks...I could have made him feel a little better at that moment. LOL
    Too cute.

  25. oh my gosh...I laugh so hard because it sounds just like you are talking to's scary how much they are alike...Yikers!!!

  26. That is so cute. Poor kid...he has much to come to terms with now!

    Wait until he learn about fake boobs. That should rock his little world. :-D

    ! - you diving out of a tree into a mill pond


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