Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Is it a Crime?

Living with an 11 year old boy has been an eye-opening experience.

It has been a long time since my sons were that age and I don't remember them being so, well, so typical boy-energy/loud/playful/rough/messy/adamant-ish.

My stepson is a handful at times and at other times he is the sweetest, most loving child.

And there are the times when I just can't figure him out at all.

For instance, last Saturday we took a drive to Albany (2hrs away) from Connecticut to drop off my daughter's dog. We had been dog sitting all week while she was in Las Vegas at a wedding.

We stopped off at Burger King to get some lunch and since I wasn't eating lunch, I told the family that I was going to take the dog for a walk in the grassy part of the parking lot.

"NO, NO, THERESA, YOU CAN'T DO THAT HERE!!!", the boy screamed as he grabbed the dog's collar and tried to get him back in the truck as quickly as possible.

"Why not?", I replied.

"We are in Massachusetts, this is PUBLIC. You can't let the dog pee in PUBLIC in Massachusetts!!!!!", he screamed in a panic.

Me and my husband gave each other an inquisitive look are were trying not to laugh.

And the boy continued repeating the same thing over and over until we convinced him that it was okay to let your dog pee in public in the state of Massachusetts.

But his rationale....still remains a mystery.

He still can't explain it.


ThomasEU aka mofongoman said...

...actually it's not allowed to let your dog pee in PUBLIC in New England; we are very fussy about public displays of elimination...
You need to carry a portable kit of 'New England Emergency Procedural Applications.' This contains plastic containers for all sorts of emergencies. They can be bought online from any State Office Management department previously referred to as Public Works [or you can just send me the money!].

The Farmer Files said...

So serious! Ahh but I could see his point if it was #2 left behind! They fined $250 in Fairfax County, VA for that!

RR Mama said...

To funny!

Theresa said...

I think the real issue is that he is 11! Eleven year olds are straddling the fence between childhood and teenagerhood, and as we all know straddling fences is excruciating at times. AND most of the 10-12 year olds that I know can't seem to help making a huge hairy deal about EVERYTHING!!! The scary thing is that they go from this to being teenagers who would have been having a cow that they had to be seen in public with family, much less the dog doing its business ANYWHERE!

ThomasEU aka mofongoman said...

Hey, cows are cool! I can just picture Cody with a pet cow and he could teach it to skateboard, too.

Nadine said...

That's just too funny.