I know I’ve told this story before, many of my friends and family have heard it. It happened towards the end of this past school year and I guess all of the explosions this week reminded me of it. It’s the story of the time that Older Son and his friends decided to explode my house, and then tried to convince me that he was just doing what I expected of him…
Exactly how far is a Mom supposed to go to promote education and instill the value of good grades? I was faced with that problem this past school year when my son and his friends decided to blow my house up…all in the name of a grade.
I could see the local paper now:
Dateline: Kids blow up house for grade
Three high school kids blew up a home when their teacher offered an extra credit opportunity making a satirical video depicting current topics. When their script involved blowing up a structure, the students didn’t think twice. Older Son, a resident of the home, defers responsibility stating that his parents require he do whatever is necessary for his grades. His mom is quoted providing this parental caution “It may seem unnecessary, but I implore all parents to articulate to their children how far they can go, even to raise a grade.”
I’ve experienced first-hand (what parent hasn’t?) how kids can take what you say and twist it and change it and manipulate it and the next thing you know they’re blowing your house up. Where did I go wrong? Well, yes, in ever teaching them to speak in the first place but beyond that?
From the very first “NO” emphatically uttered by our (previously gloriously nonverbal) little angel we learn that our offspring will not only have a mind of their own, but will express it…regularly…loudly… I used to try to put this behavior off on others. I remember telling my youngest in our home “stop crying, honey, crying is for restaurants”. And telling both boys when they went off to a friend’s house “now be as naughty as you can and get it out of your system before you come back home”.
But this was a whole new issue. This wasn’t him doing the opposite of what I say (the occurrence I’m most used to). This was my son doing what I had been telling him to do. After all, I always tell him that no matter what his grade is, if extra credit is offered, just do it…
Older Son and Friend escaped by jumping off the back deck, phew
…so in the end he blew up the house, he got an “A”, and guess where I was. Unless this is your first time reading this blog, you know. I was in the kitchen baking.
Firecracker Red White and Blue Cake
1 box white cake mix
3.9 oz pkg instant white chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
red and blue food coloring
16 oz softened cream cheese
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
red and blue food coloring
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt pan and dust with flour.
*Beat all cake ingredients except for food coloring. Mix 1 cup of batter with red food coloring and 1 cup with blue food coloring.
*Pour the red batter into bundt pan, then carefully pour the white batter over the red, then the blue over the white. Don’t mix colors together, just pour one over the other.
*Bake for 45 minutes or until it springs back when touched. Cool for 15 minutes in pan before removing. Cool completely before frosting.
*For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter together. Mix in vanilla and milk, then gradually add powdered sugar (start with 1 1/2 cups, then keep adding till it’s at a drizzle consistency).
*Add red food coloring to 1/3 of frosting and blue food coloring to 1/3 of frosting. Drizzle the frostings over the cake.