I’ve shared often on here how Chad loves to dress up. He really would get all dressed up with tie, cuff links, sports jacket every day. But, he doesn’t. There doesn’t seem to be any happy medium with him.
I suppose parents aren’t supposed to understand 20 year old but just for the sake of argument (really, for the sake of having a blog post today!), let’s just assume that I’m trying to figure him out. If he thinks dressing up in fancy clothes makes him a better person, or makes people think he’s a better person, or causes people to look at him in a more desirable light, then what does he think they think when he wears really goofy clothes?
This shirt isn’t so bad. He loves it because he can usually get in a debate with someone when he wears this one. He loves to debate. You’d think he would get it out of his system just debating with me about curfew but apparently not!
You might want to cover the eyes of your children! And, if your children are young and sweet and angelic, brace yourself because this is what you’re facing.
A couple of weeks ago, this is the shirt Chad wore to school. Where the heck did this thing come from? Yes, he’s almost 21 years old but he still lives at home and some things . . just not gonna happen! I said “Chad! I don’t like that shirt!” His response . . “I do!” and he left. I stood in my kitchen kinda not knowing what to think. He doesn’t usually (usually doesn’t mean never!) do things like that. I thought to myself . . we’ll have a little talk about this when he gets home from school but, on second thought, I knew it would come through the laundry in a day or two and when it did . . that darned washing machine! It has a tendency to eat things like that! 🙂
Sure enough, it was in the next clothes basket he brought upstairs. I washed it, folded it neatly and now it’s tucked away in my little “Grandchildren Box”. I have a box in which I store things like:
A picture Chad drew when he was about 7. He was going to summer camp at one of the Baptist churches and he drew a picture of a lady in a very tiny bikini. It was very graphic! She even had on long, dangly ear rings. I wore long, dangly ear rings and I know the people thought I ran around the house in my bikini but I promise you — there’s not a living soul who has ever seen me in bikini. Anyway, I got called to come see what he had done! So . . that picture is in the box!
When Chad was in middle school, he was taking French. They were asked to write a letter to a penpal in France. OMG! You should see the letter Chad wrote. I got called to the school (but that surely wasn’t the first time I’d been called to the middle school!). That letter is in the box.
Now there’s a shirt added to the box.
There are plenty of things in the box — speeding ticket, discipline tickets from school, hospital bills from the ski trip . . .
Some day I hope to have grandchildren. When they’re driving Chad nuts . . I’ll get out my little box and remind him what he did to me!