Like most bloggers I have pretty diverse mix of readers who are men, women, single people, married people, people with babies/toddlers/teens and on and on.
But since I'm the father of teens at this point in my life, I thought it might be helpful to share a little "idiosyncrasy" that you might expect to experience if you have teens some day. Oh, don't get excited. I'm not talking about any earth-shattering revelations, I'm simply referring to the phenomenon of lost, missing or consumed goods.
That's right. If you got teens, you're missing things. It's that simple.
Don't ask me why, but for whatever reason - there just happens to be certain things around our house that my teens are obsessed with using, and losing. Here's the short list - at least around here:
Flashlights - At one point I had 5 of them. All working. All stored in the same place. Now I'm lucky if I can find one - with dead batteries of course.
Batteries - Between cameras, hand-held video games, remotes, mp3 players, etc etc etc... teens will eat these like candy.
Duct tape - Don't ask me why, but kids are fascinated with duct tape and will figure out a way to consume a roll in one sitting. At one point my kids were making duct tape wallets. Another time I came home to find Austin completely cocooned in tape and writhing on the floor. Yes, his brother and friends were responsible.
Other tape - It doesn't matter... scotch, packing, masking - any tape is fair game. It doesn't matter how much I buy - if I need it, I ain't got it. It's that simple.
Scissors - They're supposed to be in a clay cup in our cupboard. Two or three pairs of them. I'll give you one guess how many are in there at any given time. If you said zero then you were right.
SD memory cards - Seriously. You'd think if I had a 1 Gig memory card for my camera it would actually be IN the camera. Ya, you'd think.
Phillips screwdrivers - Check the screwdriver holder on my work bench. I have 9 slotted screwdrivers. I have no Phillips.
Drill bits - Oh, I have the big fat ones. Lots and lots of big fat ones. The guys will know what I'm talking about here.
WD-40 - Got boys? Then you don't got WD-40. At least not very long.
Hats and gloves - Last fall I bought the cutest matching set. Last winter I had the cutest glove.
Hmmm, after reviewing this post, I have now been struck by one question...
Do any of you other guys hear your dad saying, "Can you say paybacks?"