Yet I’ve been there many times, one parent says “my kid. . .” and the next parent says “you think that’s bad, well my kid. . .” and on it goes and on it goes.
Well, back off folks, awards have been bestowed, the queen has been crowned, the title is taken. Let me clear it up for you right now; I win. The answer to the question “who the hell would do that?” is this: that’s my kid.
When you see photographic evidence of a kid taildropping his classroom desk (that would be jumping off of it on a skateboard) on the last day of elementary school? That’s my kid!
When you go the first middle school track meet and there’s one kid at the start line without his shoes tied? That’s my kid!
When you’re informed that a house key is missing and the whole family spends the day searching until you find it in the front door from the night before? That’s my kid!
When a house key is missing (yes, again) at 2am so entrance is made through the garage door which is then left open all night long (and the GPS is missing from our car in the morning)? That’s my kid!
When the doorbell rings at dinner time because a key (no, not lost) was given to a friend? For reasons I STILL haven’t been able to figure out? That’s my kid!
Red White and Blueberry Cookies
When the phone rings at 2:00 am (yes, that’s a popular time) because a teenager takes a car he doesn’t usually drive (probably because it’s the one that has the most gas) then figures out that he doesn’t know where the button for the garage door is in this car so he calls the house from the driveway and wakes everyone up to find out? That’s my kid!
When students are told to leave their dorm room in the same condition as they got it or they’ll be charged, then on move-out day there’s superglue all over the desktop? That’s my kid!
When the lawn gets mowed in record time but then the neighbors call to ask what’s going on, you look and see that every other row was mowed and then YOU get chastised for not appreciating his artistic aesthetic? That’s my kid!
When you’re spending a lazy day on a Cape Cod beach and you’re told “don’t freak out, but look at where I just got stung by a jellyfish!” That’s my kid!
And when you’re at a high school graduation and they announce that with 600 students they’d appreciate if everyone held off cheering until the end, but when your other kid’s name is called an air-horn blasts everyone around you out of their seats? Yup. You guessed it. That’s my kid!
I’ll take my trophy now. And the crown. Oh, and a glass of wine. Better make it the bottle.
Red, White and Blueberry Cookies©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
½# Strawberries; rinsed, hulled and chopped
½ cup white chocolate chips
1 pint blueberries, rinsed
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Beat the butter, margarine and sugars until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Slowly and carefully beat in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
*Gently mix in the strawberries and white chocolate chips.
*Very carefully and using as few strokes as possible, mix in the blueberries. Try not to break them open.
*Spoon onto baking sheets, about 1 TBSP per cookie. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until they are just barely starting to brown. The berries may start to leak.
*Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a rack sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to cool completely.
*Store in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.