Goshen News, Goshen, IN


June 3, 2013

GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Parents draw battle lines especially when outnumbered

It was a headline that caught my eye. “Where should vote centers be?” it read. And beneath in smaller print, this: “Parties agree on several locations, others still up in the air.”

“I’ll bet,” I thought to myself, wondering what else was up in the air. Epithets? Mud balls? Fresh cow pies? Anything was possible in politics. Anxious now, I dropped the glove box open, rummaging for the black umbrella in case I had to cross county lines for a sale on flip-flops at the mall.

Yup. There it was. Glory be, and pass the ammunition. I was covered when the next big one hit.

It was only the other day that I received a notice. It was Inspector Gadget who’d just returned from a sleep-over with his buddies. He was, I noted, somewhat south of happy. While the rest of them still frolicked and played, he’d been retrieved by an older sibling in order to help with a workday.

“None of my friends have as many chores as I do.” This was delivered in an adolescent monotone beneath a direct, blue-eyed gaze. The brows just above the clear, blue eyes shot up, wobbled and nearly crossed when I let go with a war whoop, high-fived myself and thumped my own back enthusiastically. Whatever he was expecting, it wasn’t that, and he plopped down, looking pale.

“Poor kids,” I wanted to say, “and lucky you.”

Oh, they didn’t feel lucky, that was sure. So far, our house hadn’t been designated as an official voting center for minors by Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents or the International Brotherhood of Trash Haulers. Not on issues like chores, bedtimes, curfews, etc. Here, the ruling class (i.e., the parents) set up the rules and guidelines for the smooth running of the household. And here, the children had done their share of protesting such injustice.

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