Every child complains about their parents treating them like they’re younger than they are. If you could only listen in at households all over America, you might hear things like, “Don’t treat me like a baby!” or “Mom, I’m a grown ass woman.” or “Geez Dad, I am an adult now.”
But no matter how old or accomplished we become, it seems parents will always see us as their babies and always worry about our well-being—checking in on us, giving unsolicited advice, and moving our hair out of our faces.
Which is why every so often, we as the “kids” need to do a little something to shake things up in the world of overprotective parenting and remind them that we are, in fact, adults.
It seems Kal Penn, actor and Former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, was doing just that when he good-naturedly ribbed his dad about a check-in via text. Except, Penn’s pops is on his toes and he ended up getting the better of the younger Penn.
Ever the good sport, Penn gave the win to his father publicly, sharing it on Twitter for all to see.
Dad for the win. pic.twitter.com/MkOlQ8AnE0
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) April 6, 2018
People appreciated reading the conversation. Some could totally commiserate:
My mom: “If you’re dead, you’ll let us know.”
Does this mean I’m supposed to haunt her?
— Liz Zuliani (@LizZuliani) April 6, 2018
My mom once informed me that if I eloped, she and my dad would NOT COME.
— Folavril (@catechismcliche) April 6, 2018
My family group chats are sooo similar! Especially the “can we delete Neal” haha. All my siblings think they're comedians… they are not.
— Laura #BulletFreeEducation Koski (@thelaurakoski) April 7, 2018
Others riffed on Penn’s father misspelling “quake”:
Small quacks are good for relieving pressure. pic.twitter.com/bjV0LSW9J9
— SuperStarFlyMerHead (@cruisingbug) April 6, 2018
Live action shot of yesterday's 5.3 quack. O_o pic.twitter.com/5ZB3taGSYq
— PurpleGimp (@PurpleGimp) April 6, 2018
I think my favorite part is “earth quack.” Forget the sarcastic response, forget the clap back. That is the best misspelling of earthquake I have ever seen
— Pokemon Trainer Rosa Resists ✊ (@mayflower_gal) April 6, 2018
Gotta watch out for those earth quacks pic.twitter.com/CyMz5Zmcrh
— Bonnie Denbo (@BonDenbo) April 6, 2018
When there’s an earthquack, you’re supposed to duck. #dadjokes
— Sharon Sutich (@ssutich) April 6, 2018
But the real story is 45 unread text messages. WHY???!!!
It’s all I saw.
— Maeve Maguire (@cowichandale) April 6, 2018
All also from his dad.
— Peter Grosz (@petergrosz) April 6, 2018
KAL WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MANY UNREAD TEXTS???
— Brian McCraw (@BrianMcCraw) April 6, 2018
Why do you have 45 unread texts!?!? That would drive me mad.
— Phillip Kleam (@TDKsAttorney) April 8, 2018
Regardless of what you thought of the text exchange, I think we can all agree:
That's some 'Dead Penn Humour'
— Hitarth Desai (@filmeyshilmey_) April 6, 2018