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Teen Interpretation Gone Wrong

Seventeen-year-old J came home from his after school job and found me upstairs in my room, putting away laundry*.

I asked him about school and work and then we talked about family plans for the weekend. He mentioned that his girlfriend wanted to know if he was busy tonight. I said, “I don’t know. Are you? All I need for you to do tonight is put away your laundry.”

He said, “Okay, I’ll find out if she wants to hang out and…”

His text notification went off and he looked at his phone.

“Yep, she wants to hang out. So I guess I’m going to put away my laundry, make my wings, and pick her up.”

“Make your wings???” I said. “You mean, like, LEAVE?”

*blink, blink*

“What??” he asked.

I repeated myself. “Make your wings. You said that you were going to ‘make your wings’ and pick her up. I just wondered if ‘make my wings’ is some new slang I didn’t know about, you know, meaning ‘to leave’.”

I wish you all could have seen his face.

I wish you all could have then seen my face when he said, “NO, Mom. I am going to cook my leftovers from Buffalo Wild Wings** so that I can eat them, and THEN I am going to LEAVE.”

“Oh,” I said. “That makes sense too.”

*Wow, right? That hardly ever happens these days!
**Jim and J went out to dinner last night, just for fun. This is not a sponsored post.

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  • Tara R. April 27, 2012, 7:45 pm

    That’s hilarious. I get those looks all the time. I butcher the teen vernacular and sound so old I feel like my mother.

  • Toni April 28, 2012, 10:23 am

    *pee my pants*

  • tracey April 28, 2012, 11:23 am

    He may be onto a new phrase, though. It sounds totally hip to the jive.

  • Flawless Mom April 28, 2012, 11:34 am

    Okay, fine. But it’s still okay to use “make my wings” in the way you thought he meant it, right? Because I just started doing it.
    Gotta make my wings and get ready to take the kid to karate.

  • Mrs4444 April 29, 2012, 5:46 pm

    Just trying to keep up, right?!haha

  • Patty at A Day in My NYC May 1, 2012, 8:46 am

    That’s too funny! 🙂

  • Lisa May 4, 2012, 7:51 am

    Sorry, I did have to laugh

  • Stephanie Precourt May 4, 2012, 9:04 am

    Ha. It’s a new slang now!!


  • megryansmom May 4, 2012, 9:59 am


  • Colleen May 4, 2012, 10:12 am

    Ha ha ha! I’m totally gonna start saying that! (BTW – we go to that place often enough that my boys call it “Bee Dubs”!)

  • ConnieFoggles May 4, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I was just laughing at this post, so my tween daughter gave me one of those “is there something wrong with you” looks. I totally get this.