I love that teenage boys think parents have no idea on how to beat the system.
T.Puzzle was in a world of hurt. He did not like what was served for dinner (trust us, no one in our house found this shocking) and he tried to slyly dump its remainders from his bowl. Mad Dog called him out but Lil’ T.P. took it even further. He lied about it. Said he had finished everything.
He was almost sent straight to bed. Instead, Mad Dog determined the best course of action was to let him stay up but he would allow T.Puzzle zero snacks. While zero snacks does not seem that extreme, to a growing boy who barely touched his dinner, this felt rather catastrophic (which is kind of the point if we are being honest).
The boys went back to their game room. It is set in the furthest reach of our home, tucked away but still a few steps from the kitchen.
Always the kitchen with these guys! In and out, snacks upon snacks. I sometimes marvel they both haven’t turned into potato chips by the sheer volume of snack foods they consume.
So, when Full Speed comes meandering into the kitchen, he decides for the first time in ages he is going to have Oatmeal Squares. While this seems like a normal, teenagery snack, and it is, it also happens to be one of T.Puzzle’s regular favorites.
“You’re planning to give your brother some aren’t you?” said Mad Dog.
“Maybe.” said Full Speed.
Boy, you can’t beat the system when your Mom and Dad invented the system.
I dedicate this post to all the siblings out there fighting parental oppression. It is real and causes so many problems like learning, growing and developing into normal, human adults.
Fight on, my friends.