It’s the 90 degrees out, but my kids are urging me to chill.
“Chill out, Mom” my son says when I ask where they are going and what time they’ll be home. “Chill out, Mom” means: ”I don’t want to tell you where I am going because you might not think that going to “The House of Pain” to watch Jake get his eyebrow pierced is a good alternative to reading the books that are on the high school Honors English summer reading list.”
“Chill” can be a adverb or a verb. If Lewis describes an indie (that is kid-speak for “loud”) rock band as “chill,” that is “cool” which is synonomous with “sick.” “Vampire Weekend is chill.” or “During the summer, I just want to chill and listen to some sick music.”
When kids come home from college for the summer, it’s chill for a few days – maybe even a few weeks. Everyone gets along. But soon, college students realize that their parents are not chill at all! And parents realize that their tuition money is well-spent because now their kids … KNOW EVERYTHING. They know what you should be buying at the supermarket, what you should eat to save the planet and what things you should do, that you are not doing, to end global warming. Here’s a short list amassed from conversations with my own college student.
- Collect rainwater.
- Compost the coffee grounds, eggshells and rotten lettuce in the back of the fridge.
- Only buy fair trade, organic coffee.
- Stop eating meat.
- Eat only locally grown produce.
- Produce our own produce.
- Hang our clothes outside to dry.
- Eat a raw food diet.
- Stop buying bottled water.
- Do yoga.
- Drive a hybrid car.
- Be more chill.