It’s been so long since I’ve written a “Teen Drama” post that I feel it’s absolutely necessary to add a disclaimer here.
The fact that it has been so long in NO way implies there hasn’t been plenty of drama to share.
Thing 1 is 17. She is a female. Should I say more? I didn’t think so.
Moving forward… I have an story to share ( a true one of course ) I think some of you may find amusing. I will try to keep this short and simple because I don’t think it requires anything fancy. If you are the parent of one or more teenager I hope you get a kick out of this. I wish I could let you borrow that warm, fuzzy feeling I was so lucky to revisit when it happened but, I think that’s only possible when a story like this is told about your own child.
I try my very best to teach my kids they have to work hard to get ahead. I know I’ve brought this up before because it’s very important to me. I’m constantly telling them:
This can be quite challenging sometimes because it seems like the hardest concept in the world for “Generation Entitled” to grasp onto. My kids attitudes are no exception to the majority of this generation. They all seem to have that jacked up way of thinking that everything should just be handed to them. My oldest “Thing 1″ well, she is more like a criminal offender. I truly believe that she thinks just her pretty smiling face will make her successful!
So, you can imagine my surprise when she asked me to take her for her drivers license exam. After I was able to close my mouth from hanging open so long I asked ” Are you serious?? You haven’t done a damn thing to prepare!!”
Well, that was enough to start Round 1 of the argument over who was right about whether or not she was ready to drive! Now, don’t get me wrong Thing 1 is a great kid. She has that eye rolling problem but, overall I’m pretty lucky! She’s smart, talented, and yes..very beautiful. However, she is a teenager so extreme laziness seems to come most natural to her. She has perfected the art of doing the least amount possible to get by! It can almost be classified as a talent!
So, the argument was short lived and ended abruptly with ” Fine…GET IN THE DAMN CAR!”
As we pulled up I almost felt a little sorry for her. “Miss Queen of the Eye Roll” really didn’t have a clue what she was getting herself into. As I followed her in behind her perfectly flat ironed hair, fancy jeans, and expensive boots I mumbled :
“I hope your ready. They sure do like to make an example out of girls like you!”
I’m pretty sure she said something in her nastiest possible tone about me being the only one in the world who doesn’t think she’s ready.
Here’s where it get’s warm & fuzzy. I’m sure you have imagined by now…
YES, SHE FAILED THE DRIVING TEST!
Now, when I say failed I mean they didn’t even let her drive around the block before they made her come back. As soon as I spotted the woman getting into the passenger seat for the ride along I just knew it was GAME OVER! This woman looked like she had already survived the very special kind of Hell you go through when you raise 10 or so teenagers! She was not about to play around…..
Of course, Thing 1 was upset but, I can’t understand why. All I said was :
” You really have no reason to be upset. It’s not like you practiced your a** off and then choked. When you really want it, you’ll work for it. ”
You can call me mean but, I’m actually glad she failed. She definitely was not ready. It sucks that she had to learn the hard way but, it’s an important lesson to learn. The real world is tough. A cute little smile will not always get your way. It’s just not the way the world works. If you want something you have to earn it just like everyone else.
What that’s phrase?! Oh yeah, “Mama Knows Best.”
What will I ever do when this child goes to college? I’m starting to think I might get bored!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope everyone has a great day