I said to myself, “This quest for liquid refreshment is merely a ploy!” He read my mind and replied, “Dad, I’m really thirsty, I’m not lying.”
His quick defense confirmed my assumption. Have you ever felt that way? If you are a parent, I know you have. You see, the context behind the content of his statement regarding a simple request for a glass of water is this; he does not want to go to bed.
So, I, in the deep thought process to which I currently found myself lost, in an attempt to expedite our pleasantries, offered his thirst a sip of my soda. I know, bad parent. But the glass was really merely ice remnants with slightly flavored water remaining.
“I can’t drink pop, I’ll get in trouble.”
The ploy for sleep avoidance continued. And as lazy as I am, I chose not to get up and go downstairs but merely held the glass of ice-soda-water to his mouth.
“Dad, my heart will pop.”
“Yes dad, if I drink soda at night my heart will pop.”
Followed by, “I’ll get in trouble.”
Dare I say, when faced with up to 30 minutes of ongoing dialogue about all things complicated, I chose the simple route.
“Here is your ice water.”
“Now get to bed or I’ll make your butt pop.”