Wishful Thinking

While working late one night in high school, one of my co-workers had plans to go out afterward. We worked at a movie theater, which closed down around 1am, so this would be a pretty late night for a teenager, even on a weekend. She was on the phone with her mom, letting her know of her plans, and I heard her say, “Ok, no, I’ll come home instead then.” And she looked happy about it!

What on earth did her mom say to her that made her voluntarily come home, when going out is so crucial in the social class of high schoolers?

Her mom told her she was putting her bed linens and pajamas in the dryer so that they would be nice and warm when she got home, and would make her some hot chocolate and watch a movie. I had to admit, that sounded like a pretty good night.

Now, I’m not sure if this will work on every teenager, but this one particular girl was a sought-after item. So I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket for when my soon-to-be-born baby girl becomes a social butterfly and I want her home instead.

These are the things I think about as my due date draws near.


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