You’ve got to be kidding me?

We’ve all said the phrase at least once in our life, and never really thought of it, the inflection behind it or the expression we use. You’ve got to be kidding me, right.
The other day, I was driving my five year old to soccer practice in the pouring rain. Now a little back story, he didn’t want to go to practice because, of course he was so tired and by the time we were half way there he noticed the rain.
Out of the blue he says over the rain, over the radio… “You’ve got to be kidding me, they’re going to make us play in this.” He throw he hands over his shaking head, his lips were pressed together in frustration and he watched me for some hope that it wasn’t true.

Other than the smile that spread on my face as he waited for my response it took me a few minutes to come up with the right thing to say. Perhaps it was the first time the phrase really hit me, but it made me think of all the times I’ve said it. To the computer when I was frustrated on a piece of work, to the refrigerator when I forgot something or to the dog when she is… well being a dog in the wrong moment.
All this comes down to being expressive starts young, imitating life around them, and when we grow older we still do it without noticing. His reaction got me thinking of the little things in my writing that I have left out, especially in my characters. It seems I have forgotten that they too mimic life, and need to be expressive. I think it’s the little things that make a story great. It’s those little things that have me throwing my hands in the air saying, “You’re got to be kidding me, why didn’t I see it before.”

1 Response to “You’ve got to be kidding me?”

  1. June 16, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Very well written and cute too….I can just image the car scene as if my own were saying the same. mj

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