so before i even had a conversation with nick this morning, i was feeding the dog to the pussy cat dolls “doncha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?” in the somewhat normal way that nick could imitate, followed by his own version which included but was not limited to opera, rap, country twang, his best baritone voice, and maybe it was robotic? needless to say i now have just that refrain, in my head. at work.
so after being seranaded, nick goes “did my dad talk to you?”
mind you its six thirty in the morning and my first response was of course, but he was being specific. so i said “about what”
to which he replied rather disappointed “oh he didn’t talk to you about it”ahh then my brain started firing “oh you mean, did he talk to me about the phone” disappointment gone “yeah yeah. i have been thinking that i could pay for the phone and then get a pay as you go type thingee.” note to self…must eradicate the word thingee from nicks vocabulary…
i was warned about this question, however i did not fully prepare a rational answer, which is why i started out with “well how do you think you are going to pay for it?” his very quick response was “my chores” ahh well
“uh, nick, you have also said you wanted a new xbox last week and you were going to save all your money for that, and you haven’t done any chores since. oh and by the way taking out the garbage does not constitute twenty bucks a week”
nick not missing a beat goes on to say “i know i know, i will do them every week, all of them and i don’t want a xbox 360 because i am going to wait for them to come out with the new technology, i think its an xbox 720 or something like that…”
to which i responded with “nick you need to show your dad and i that you can take responsibility for you and your things, remind me again why your PS3 controllers are gone…” nick responds with “well i know i just left them out, but i can be more responsible with them” he is almost on his hands and knees. so in my best parental unit type voice i replied with “well nick it is one thing to say you will and its another thing to show us.”
after going back and forth for a while, we came to an agreement. if he can back up what he is talking about, being responsible and what not, and if he gets all As and Bs and 1 and 2s in conduct and effort on March 24th (in my head affectionately now known as CP-DAy) then he can buy a phone for himself and pay for the minutes…HIMSELF. now i have always been against middle schoolers having their own phones but that was until i lived with one who i think could learn some valuable lessons for life, if he were to have to be responsible for not only watching how many minutes he uses but also knowing when and how to pay for more. of course this could be just the bull shit side of my brain trying to rationalize an otherwise irrational decision. well you live and learn right?
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