“Why are you yelling at me?”

Sometimes I can’t help it, the question just pops out. Even though there’s no good answer – it’s not like one of these kids will say “because blah-blah-blah” and I’ll be all “OH, well that makes sense then.” It really is an unanswerable question which is why they typically stare blankly at me when I throw it out there.

So why do I ask?

Clearly it’s not because I need to know why they’re yelling at me. I usually have a good idea of what’s provoked an outburst – bad day at school, fight with a friend, low blood sugar, hormones, or simple asshatery. (Okay, that word looks weird, maybe it should be asshat-ery? asshat-ary? asshat-ishness? Whatever.) No matter the cause we can all pretty much agree that kids yelling at parents is a no-no.

Unless the house is on fire. Then, by all means, exercise those lungs.

My “why are you yelling at me?” questions spring from a general “wtf is happening here” reaction. As in, I am a grown person who has lived into middle age and I am standing here watching a young person yell at me, what in the ever loving hell is going on?? So I guess asking why is preferable to shouting all of that back at said young person.

Although, if I had to guess, I’d say they can probably tell that’s what “why are you yelling at me” means.


Linda’s stream of consciousness prompt drives this train on Saturdays. This week’s prompt is “Why/Y” – theme your post on a word that starts with Y, bonus points if you start or end your post with “why.”