Food for Thought: or (liberal parenting comes home to roost)


So, we were driving into school this morning, my son and I. The temperature was uncharacteristically low for the Virginia Piedmont. The thermometer in my aging Suburban read -9 f. My son, who is prepping for his driving test, comments on an unusual vehicle noise with some alarm.
” Dad, that doesn’t sound good. Do you think it’s going to break down?”

“Nah, I think it will be fine. But this does remind me of the importance of having an emergency kit and a survival plan if you were to break down and get stranded for a few hours or a day on the roadside in terrible weather. Have you thought about that?”

Without missing a beat and with perfect deadpan and flat inflection, he says, “I would cut you open and climb inside.”

Maybe letting him watch the Star Wars movies when he was 4 was NOT the best idea.