Adventures with a Teenager

The other day, my thirteen year old son and I went around to a few local businesses. He is in a musical at his junior high in the spring and is required to help with fundraising. He had a letter from his teacher and had to talk to the managers of the businesses. He was nervous, but he did a good job. We went to a local grocery store and we asked to talk to the manager. While we were waiting for him, we entertained ourselves by looking in a bin of old DVDs.

We decided to play a game. We would pick up a DVD and then say a line from the movie. Well, the first one I picked up was called “Harry Brown” starring Michael Caine. It showed a photo of him on the front with a gun. I have never seen the movie and so I did my best Michael Caine accent (it more resembled Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins, but oh well) and made up a line. I said, “I will shoot you and you will die.”


Our game didn’t last long as the manager approached and we talked to him for a minute. He wasn’t able to help us out with the fundraising because it was not specific enough and so we left. I was proud of my son for thriving in an awkward situation and we laughed about the stupid line I made up on the way. Sometimes it is the silly little things that make your day. I was glad to bond with my teenager if only for a moment. I’ve got five years, (five years!) and he will graduate. I am determined to enjoy my time with him, even if it is for a few minutes at a grocery store.


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