Thursday, July 24, 2008

Feeling baaad for my kid

So yesterday afternoon I came home from work and noticed that $20 was missing from our kitchen counter.

Since my daughter was the only one home I asked her if she knew what happened to it. When she immediately dropped her head to avoid looking me in the eyes I knew right away she had something to do with it. Then when I pressed her about it, she eventually confessed to taking the money.

Right away I started to lay into her about trust and how I didn't appreciate that she was trying to get away with taking money from us. It was then that she finally piped up and said, "Dad, I borrowed that money so I could buy you a birthday present because I don't get my next paper route paycheck until next week. I just haven't had time to tell Mom because she's not home from work yet."

Nice.

I hope she bought me a picture frame, because I have the perfect self portrait to put in it.


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35 comments:

Jennine said...

What a sweetheart!

Mom Thumb said...

Well, I guess one of you learned a very good lesson here. ;-)

Gette said...

I hate it when they do that stuff. Once I found scratches in the woodwork just after we moved into this house (with great old woodwork) I was working up a good head of steam when I got close enough to inspect it. It said "I love you." Gahhhhh.

cathouse teri said...

What's the deal, dude? You think you can just tell a story that starts with "I came home from work and noticed that $20 was missing from out kitchen counter?" Is there often $20 sitting on your counter? Is this something you check every day when you get home from work? Whose money is it? Is it yours? Your hot wife's? Is it someone's lunch money? I need to know the answer to these questions! :)

Maureen said...

Ouch. You should know better... from what I have read about your family, you have no worries at all about your kids. You have a great family Jeff.

Roger said...

Ooh, I HATE when that happens!

Jeff said...

jennine - Aw, thank you.
Wait... you are talking about ME, right?

mom thumb - Exactly... never leave money on the counter.

gette - That's a tough one. How can you get mad at that! :-)

teri - No, normally I leave $100 bills on the counter. I pretty much have more money than I know what to do with.

maureen - Thanks. You're exactly right. She's about as good as they get.

roger - Ditto.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Oooh, a quick thinker that girl. Nice. I'd still check her bureau for a stash. You can't trust kids these days, especially the ones that can come up with a lame story like that one at the drop of a hat!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Hmmm.... Me thinks that you maybe should have known she'd have a good reason ;O)

Elizabeth said...

Wow, I used to just ask my mom for money so I could buy my father a present. And she's using her paper route money to buy you a present? Her own money she worked so hard for and she wants to spend it on a gift for her dad! Wow!
(are you feeling guiltier yet?)

doozie said...

That frame should have a donkey in it

Memarie Lane said...

Awwwww. This could be a good time for a lesson on living within your means though. My dad's birthday is in a couple days and I'm too broke to get him a present, so I'm making him a chocolate caramel cheesecake. He'll probably enjoy that more than whatever gift I could think up anyway. I just hope it doesn't give him a heart attack.

Jeff said...

ed - I'm renting a lie detector tonight.

babs - Don't kids always have good excuses?

elizabeth - Oh the pangs!

doozie - I don't get it... are you calling me a burro?

marie - My birthday is on Sunday. I'll take one of those cheesecakes too please :-)

April said...

Well, at least now, instead of being depressed about getting older, you can be depressed about not trusting your kid instead.

Kathy said...

You know what you have to do now, don't you? The money is hers and she can go get herself a present. And then you have to go to bed without dinner and then you have to say a hundred Hail Marys and beg for forgiveness. And then on Sunday your family should give you beautifully-wrapped boxes with nothing in them. Yeah, that'll do it.

Bill said...

Thank God, Lois and I do not have to cut Rosanne out of our will. We plan on giving each grandchild $1.000.000,000.00, if we ever win the lottery.

Heather said...

Well, happy birthday on Sunday!

I'm so glad to know I'm not the only parent who sticks her foot in her mouth.

Shoe doesn't taste very good, does it?

Michelle said...

Ummm ooops.

Of course, if this were Little Miss (grown up, of course), the birthday present story would be a total lie...

Sandy said...

Yeah, that stinks huh?

I have been so been there. I guess it better be a great present.

noble pig said...

That's sweet of her...but she still has to know where you are coming from...but yeah...a goat-head, that's so you right now.

RaBT said...

That's why I always use credit cards! What's a clerk to say about a kid bringing a credit card up to the counter? :) Cute still!

Carla said...

I bet you felt baaaaaadddddd!

Groovy Mom said...

Aw man. OR? She thinks very quickly on her feet! (Gotta admire that.lol) I'm only saying that because that's totally something I would have said to cover my tracks when I was a teen. ;-)

jerrychicken said...

I learned a long time ago that in this house of ours I do not own money.

I don't actually carry money around with me at all, sometimes for weeks and weeks, but on the few occasions that I come home with money I lay it down somewhere, anywhere, and when I come back for it, its always gone, always.

I am the only male in my house, other than the dog and he is gay, females find many uses for money and we males should not question their motives.

Jeff said...

april - Thanks... that makes me feel much better ;-)

kathy - 100 Hail Marys! Man, you're tough.

bill - Nice try. I was buying it until you said $1 Billion. Everyone knows you're only good for $1 Million each.

heather - You're right. It's a little leathery.

michelle - See what you have to look forward to?

sandy - I don't know. Twenty bucks doesn't get you much any more.

noble pig - See? This was a good lesson in how I would respond if she ever DID lie to me. I just did this to help her not make this mistake next time. I hope she appreciates what I've done for her.

rabt - Don't laugh. The bank gave my son a debit card when he was only 15... without linking to our account! We had to make some changes to that arrangement.

carla - Yes. And saaaaaad.

groovy mom - My son probably could have come up with that, but she's not that good (or quick) of a liar.

jerrychicken - How do you know your gay dog isn't stealing all your money? I hear they have pretty extravagant taste. Well, except for the whole eating poop thing, but other than that...

JD at I Do Things said...

Wait a minute . . . wasn't this a Brady Bunch episode?

. . .

YESS! Oh, man. I found it almost right away:

"Marcia enters Mike in a 'Father of the Year' contest through the newspaper. However, in order to do this she's had to sneak around. When Mike catches her and she's unable to explain, he grounds her from the family ski trip."

Father of the Year

It's true! Every major life experience can be found on a Brady Bunch episode.

JD at I Do Things

Sornie said...

Must be nice to just leave cash lying around. I'd be happy these days to find a sticky quarter under the saggy couch.

Alice said...

Awww..I hate moments like that. Maybe you could find a duplicate picture for me.

Now go buy your daughter an ice cream.

yellojkt said...

You're not falling for that story are you? She's blowing it on booze and Chippendale dancers.

Jake Titus said...

Jeff, a half a dozen years ago I had the exact same thing happen with one of my girls. I felt like a complete turd for a week.

Durblady said...

Awwww - what a sweetheart!

Anette said...

Yes somethimes we're a bit fast on the morale speach when we're parents. Even if we can't believe it, things could be different than we think.

cathouse teri said...

Speaking of The Brady Bunch ~
Check this out. (Adults only! And don't be scared! It's not nasty! 'Kota is my gal pal!)

http://naughtylakota.blogspot.com/2008/07/three-posts-in-one-day-but-you-gotta.html

VE said...

Ha ha ha. Classic! Love it. Oh, and you might look into trimming that ear hair...you're reaching that age you know.

wayabetty said...

Been there done that!! It won't be the last!