So I was driving down the road today and I see this house completely covered in toilet paper. I mean trees, shrubs, lawn, entire house. I realize that this is where my 32 year old butt is suppose to say, "Those whipper snappers! I can't believe they did that. Those poor parents." But I don't, instead I start to giggle at the craftsmanship. I mean, you don't do work like that your first try. It takes practice and some superior knowledge. No single ply crap paper is going to do the job right. You have got to have double ply weaved paper to get that much lift when throwing without breakage. And the angle of your throw is just as important if you want to reach those high places.
I can remember my favorite TP experience. My aunt let my sisters and I spend the night and after a rip roaring game of Yahtzee she simply asked "Well, who are we going to TP tonight?" Just like, it's a right of passage or something. So our victim, Clint, happened to be the older brother of one of my close friends. We went to the store all giddy, and thinking my aunt was the coolest lady on earth. (FYI, she was, and I miss her everyday.) Anyway, she taught us the rules... where to park, what type of paper to get, and how to throw it perfectly. The night ended with us all running and jumping in a ditch while the cops drove by shining their lights on the house. Thank goodness we didn't get caught, I am pretty sure that would have been the end of our 'sleepovers' with Aunt B.B. And then who would offer their driveway for my & my boyfriend to park in while we tell my parents we are going to get ice cream? (FYI, MOM: I never did it, but she did offer....)
So this gets me to thinking. What kind of parent am I going to be when it comes to my kids on things like this? Am I going to freak out if they want to go Toilet Papering? Am I going to share my skills with them? Do I turn the other way when I know they are doing harmless teenage stuff or do I stop every chance I see, knowing that for each one I catch, there are probably 10 more I don't know about? I know I will never be the parent that lets my kids have alcohol parties just so I know they are safe at home. That kind of stuff is just not even on the table. But what about the semi-harmless stuff we all did?
What are your thoughts? Where do you stand on that stuff?
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