File this under "Rants"

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File this under "Rants"
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 1:02pm

A severe thunderstorm just rolled through. There was a break, but another one to follow soon. 16 yo son announces he's going for a bike ride. I say, you can't go right now. He says, it's not raining anymore, Sound of thunder in the distance - I respond, it's still stormy.

He stomps off to his room muttering something under his breath.

What the heck...it's not like I'm some kind of overbearing parent ...I'm just being practical. Does he really think I'm going to sit there and say, go ahead and have fun? ...Some days I just don't know if I'm going to survive another year and a half of this.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 1:55pm
You think it'll stop in 1.5 years? LOL DS18 mutters whenever we tell him to be careful! And I don't see that ending - either us saying it or him grumbling!

Sue
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 4:49pm

I seriously think boys at that age (and probably some girls too) just have no common sense--and to think that's when they start to learn to drive a car.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 5:49pm

Part of growing up. Let them groan and don't comment

Would you rather they say "oh dear wise mother, I see the error of my ways. I will listen to you in the future, do exacty what you say without question. "

They have to question, they have to come up with hair brained ideas.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 7:44pm

I have to confess that I never took t-storms seriously until I was 22 and dating a guy who was several years older. I wanted to go running one day when there were big black thunder clouds, and he got really freaked out. He then told me of a horrific incident when he was hiking in the Sierras and a big storm rolled though. Everyone took refuge, but one girl was sitting under a tree that was struck by lightning. She was killed instantly, and the hiking group had to carry her body back down the mountain.

I won't go into details, but death by lightning strike is apparently gruesome, and even though I wasn't even there, I have taken storms very seriously ever since. Sometimes it takes a gruesome story to make you listen to common sense.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 8:53pm

Oh it's not just teens--my next door neighbor is a guy in his 20's, I think--well old enough to have purchased his own home.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 9:29pm
<<>> Well, after he began the muttering, that's JUST what I would have done. Followed by: Your life insurance is all paid up, and I need a VACATION!
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Registered: 10-16-1999
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 11:21pm

Ummm... My DH is 48 y/o, his brother is soon to be 51.

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 8:37am

That is exactly what I said to my husband last night - does he really have no common sense and, if not, how can he possibly be trusted to drive a car?? Jeez!! Oh well, good to know I'm not alone :-)

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 8:41am
Sure - rain is just water. It was nice and cool outside after that first storm. But as we were having the conversation, there was a bright flash of lightning and the windows rattled from the thunder....

But they do need to question, I agree.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 10:21am

Note I said "no lightning"

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