Wednesday, February 6, 2013

On the Twitter ;)

...first, and of most importance, just another of those special moments of fatherhood worth sharing.

While sliding into our shoes en route to a quick run to Walmart, my twelve year old, him of utter innocence, (if not ignorance) asks, "Hey Dad, is it mean to call someone a douche-bag?"

From across the room, the sixteen year old releases a sound similar to the croak of an irritable bullfrog, leading to an all out burst of laughter.

I maintained my composure.  "Um...well, have you already called someone a douche-bag?"

"Well, not yet, but almost.  And I keep hearing it at school."

"Hmm...maybe try and avoid using it if you can."

"Is it worse than calling someone a moron, or a dumb ass?"

"Well, calling someone a dumb ass will get you grounded, but so will douche-bag.  I'm not fond of moron either, but in a pinch, I guess that would be the favorable choice if the moment calls for it.  But I'm hoping it doesn't, don't you?"

The twelve year old considers this while looping his laces.  I manage to shush the teenager with a scowl.  Then, "Yeah, but it can be tough at recess."

"Okay, I understand." 

...such lasting memories ;)

Just a few quick updates...I've been lured into the Tweeter.  ( Yeah, yeah, I know what it's really called.)  

Track me down @elliot_grace

My latest tweet, you ask?  Earlier this evening I shared my current read, "Remembering You," by Robynne Rand.  You may not recognize the name, but you'll surely feel at home when you visit that Piedmont Writer from Carolina Blue ;)  

And you can check out Remembering You here...

As for my newest release, hop over to, The Fall, here...

It's a heart stopper that one can gobble up during an evening by the fire.  It's new to the race, and desperate for some reviews, be them good or bad.  After all, for us writers, it's all about boasting a thick skin ;)



Shelly said...

I survived 5 teen daughters. But the drama continues on int their twenties.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Hugs and chocolate,

Anne Gallagher said...

Well hey, it's just so weird I'm actually surfing the blogs tonight and looky looky here.

Okay, I'm going to get on the Tweet and look you up, and then I'm going to follow you around.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

That was grand for you to do for Anne. Shelly didn't give you much hope, did she? LOL. Thanks for following me on Twitter.

I seldom do it. There is not time enough in my days as it is!! :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Everyone seems to be joining Twitter these days. I'd follow you, but I'm not on the site. :P

Elliot Grace said...

Hey Shelly, definitely not what I needed to hear ;)

Hey Anne, thanks so much!

Hey Roland, Anne's well deserving of the shout out. The one cool thing about Twitter is that it's a quick one liner that garners publicity. And right now, we're all reading ;)

Hey Eagle, no worries, thanks for stopping by!


Morgan said...

LOL! Oh dear... I am AFRAID to have teenagers!!!! Crazy stuff.

And laughing at "tweeter" ... I must go look you up--see if we're connected yet.


M. J. Joachim said...

Cute story, but I have to ask, how did you keep a straight face and manage to scowl at your 16 year old through that? If it were me, we all would have been rolling in the aisles, and my kids well know it! :)

Tamara said...

haha...such a crazy age--twelve. Not a little kid anymore but not a big one either. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Sounds like you have some good boys. I'm impressed that you silenced the sixteen year old with only a scowl. haha.

Thanks for stopping by my site!!

New follower. :)

DEZMOND said...

I like Twitter because celebs tweet to me there and retweet me :) How else would I ever have a chance to chat with the stars and they with moi :)

Tara Tyler said...

thats great that he talks to you about it!
mine barely speak to me, its the bittersweet switch to masculine bonding...

Elise Fallson said...

LOL! That's pretty funny but I think you handled it perfectly and like Tara said, I also think it's good your son feels comfortable enough to talk to you about it.

I'll go track you down on twitter now. Welcome to the circus :P

Elliot Grace said...

Hey Morgan, no worries, teens are a me ;)

Hey M.J., how did I pull it off? Practice, lots of practice. And yes, we all laughed it off before the end of the evening ;)

Hey Tamara, good boys, yes they are! My wife and I are blessed. Thanks!

Hey Dez, and if there's any luck in this crazy world, Twitter will lend a hand in promoting my books ;)

Hey Tara, so far my wife and I are lucky in that we're still considered cool enough to share an occasional chat. Fingers are crossed that it stays that way.

Hey Elise, yes, we've been blessed thus far in that the kids still talk to us. Thanks for following on the Tweeter ;)


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jaybird said...

I just ditched my Facebook account so I wouldn't waste any more time not writing. Not going to get caught up in Twitter any time soon. But good luck with that!

And, oh man, that conversation with your son was priceless. Thanks for sharing.

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Elliot Grace said...

Hey Jaybird, I ditched my Facebook as well, but prefer the quick hit links that Twitter offers. Punch in a line or two, add a link and done!

Thanks for stopping by ;)


Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Found you on twitter and followed! :) Love the "teen" story- funny:) I've had a few discussions on "name calling" this past week, too. Aah, the joys.

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