This is one thing that's really annoyed me for years and although I am now a parent it still gets on my nerves, my wife has slipped in to this without even realising it, for example you're stood by the front door, putting your coat on and putting the house keys in your pocket and your Mother/Father ask's - Are you going out ? Another classic, you've told your parents that you're going out, to stop the pointless 'Are you going out' question and they move to phase two and ask - Will you be back tonight ? or Have you got your keys ? Then the ultimate, you've just been woken up at 7 in the morning and your mother/Father ask's - What would you like for tea/dinner tonight ? Two questions, is this just a Mother thing or are Dad's just as bad ? Why in the name of all that's holy did they bring you up to be a free-thinking, fully productive member of society just to ask you pointless and quite frankly dumb questions ? I would ask my own Father about these things but I'm afraid I'd just end up sounding like him when I was small and that thought frightens me.