It turns out that it’s bad karma to talk smack to your mother. In the morning, when we were all going out to “shovel” the quarter-inch of snow so we could play basketball, The Little Man was slightly irritated about something A was doing, and unleashed this (scornful verbal underlining included):
Will someone give this woman some reasons?
Poor kid doomed himself to an afternoon bout with the stomach flu, with regular vomiting. (Spookily regular: on the 27 minute mark for several hours in a row.) So, kids, don’t call your mom “this woman.” It’s just not worth it.