You Can’t Talk to Her that Way


you can't talk to her that way“You can’t talk to her that way,” I said to my son after he screamed at Alexa.

My husband whispered to me, “You know she isn’t real, don’t you?”

I stopped for a moment and got deep really quick.

In the morning before school, we are TV-free. We try to minimize the distractions, and it makes things go much smoother.

There is an occasion where this mom is feeling a little sassy and may ask Alexa to play a certain song. In full disclosure, I normally do this to mortify my kiddos with my dancing and occasionally tell them that I am going to call our principal to see if I can come to dance on the stage for the whole school. I digress.

This particular morning, I asked Alexa to play Be Our Guest after a snide comment on my part that I was not going to deliver their breakfast to them, that they are not a guest in this house, and proceeded to play that song in my head so I asked our sweet Alexa to play it. The boys got their breakfast all while enjoying the song.

I retreated to my bathroom to apply the essential eyelash primer and mascara where I heard the offense happen. Within a matter of 10 seconds, my Max was screaming at Alexa, asking her to play Boom, to which she did not understand and kept playing something else, then he would tell her to stop and try again and again and again, which resulted in a full-on heated argument and yelling match between my son and a little black echo dot.

From the bathroom, I joined in the yelling and said, Max, ENOUGH!

I walked into the living room and told him, “You can’t talk to her that way” and then dropped some knowledge that I was not quite awake or caffeinated enough to drop but did it anyway.

I said, “Max, when you get angry and yell, it is hard to understand you and get your words across. Take a deep breath and let’s speak clearly, and try this again.”  

“Alexa, play Boom.” And, she did. And, I shook what my momma gave me, and we learned a very important lesson.

My feet go boom boom boomBoom boom boom, boom boom boomMy heart beats boom boom boomBoom boom boom, boom boom boomHigh speed, go zoom zoom zoomZoom zoom zoom, zoom zoom zoomMy feet go boom boom boomWalkin’ away from you

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Cheryl Brackemyre
I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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