A Post Where I Make Fun of my Niece and All Teenagers In General

I have a teenager in my home.  She’ll turn 14 in about 2 weeks.

Just in case, you don’t have a teenager in your home, let me tell you what these strange creatures do.

If they have any type of electronic device, they spend hours taking self portraits (selfies) with various faces, and posting them on social media sites near and far.  They are then to be “liked” and obviously the more likes you get taking pictures of yourself, with various faces, the greater the intrinsic reward.  I know this to be true, I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

The teenager who lives in my home is away visiting her grandmother right now.

Today she got a haircut.

And I got a picture text, of course.

A selfie, of course.  Along with the text, “What do you think of the haircut?”





I actually received two pictures.  She’s got to show all angles.


It’s a beautiful haircut.  She is a beautiful girl.

But what is with these faces?

We’ve talked about it before.

me:  Why don’t you just smile, you know like normally?

her:  that is my smile.

me:  really?  you raise your eyebrows and do your lips like that when you smile?

her:  yeah.  See?  {click.  another selfie}

Today, after receiving her picture texts, my husband and I immediately began making jokes.

J-Dub thinks she looks like she’s sitting on the toilet, although that’s not exactly his choice of words, when she raises her eyebrows and strains her face all up.

And then there’s the pucker, the “duck lips” as I’ve heard them called.

So, we decided to text her back and tell her we thought her hair was beautiful.  We also asked what she thought of Jason’s hair in these couple of shots.



Oh my, we were laughing.  I don’t know how he kept his pose or how I kept the camera from totally blurring we were laughing and snorting so hard.  Tears were flowing down my cheeks which isn’t hard to do when I get truly tickled.

EK was all up in our business during this charade.

She thought she needed to have some duck lips too.


Just in case I needed a reminder that she will be a teenager one day too.


And already playing the part.




  1. Marie says:

    Made me laugh too! So sweet!


    1. Angel says:

      Thanks Marie. Miss you


  2. melodie lane says:

    the duck face of J-Dub is awesome I truly got a great laugh!!!


  3. Mama says:

    This is truly a GREAT, great, great post . . . . . Ane O So TRUE! Jason is right on the money mimicking Ash EXACTLY! And, Emma . . . . . OMGosh! She’s got it, too! She’s got Ash’s ‘duck’ down pat. This is hilarious and I love it ! ! ! !


  4. Lenore Diane says:

    One of your best, Angel. I ask myself the same question as it pertains to my nieces. Cracks me up. J-Dub’s version nails it. He could easily pass for a girl. Well, no, not easily – but well, oh you know what I mean! 🙂 The fact that you included a shot of EK participating knocked this post out of the park. Sheer brilliance. I should send a thank you note to the the person who inspired this post: your niece.


    1. Angel says:

      Makes me happy!!!!!


  5. Ha! That’s hilarious! I have often wondered why all the girls make those duck faces. I wonder what they’ll think of all those pictures when they’re my age? I guess the same thing I think of my 80’s hair. And clothes. And makeup. 😀


    1. Angel says:

      Oh gosh…..the 80’s. And now the styles are returning. I never thought it’d happen. neon, splatter paint, off the shoulder Flashdance tops.


      1. Michelle says:

        I figured it would eventually… My little 5 year old niece now has a bunch of “off the shoulder” shirts for summer. They’ve got one regular sleeve and the other sleeve is dipped down as though it’s falling off the shoulder Flashdance style, with a little strap that goes over the shoulder. Every shirt she got for her birthday was made like that – my mom and sister said that’s the style now and everything they looked at was made that way. I think that’s taking it a bit too far though. She’s 5 for pity’s sake! Oh well, I better go start cutting the necks off all my sweatshirts…


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