something to honk about
If you know the Honking Goose at all, you know I change my opinions and disagree with myself as often as I change the weather. Wait, you didn’t know I change the weather? Well, you need to get to know me better. Read on, my friend…
Yesterday I wrote I know I said Halloween is great, but I lied, it is EVIL. Which was, of course, in response to my own post about how altruistic Halloween is. Well, today I have changed my mind. Again. Halloween is truly a Blessing.
That’s because I finally have something to hold over my kids heads as retribution for their misbehavior. Rather than threatening them with time outs or less computer/video game time, I merely mention that I will take their candy and throw it away and suddenly they fall in line and behave themselves.
Of course, my 8yo will still argue that I wouldn’t do that. He knows me very well: I never allow food to be wasted. “Candy isn’t food,” I answer, “Candy is bad for you. Food is good for you.” Don’t push your luck kid, I will throw it in the garbage. These are not idle threats.
Technically, I haven’t thrown away any of my kids’ candy YET. Yet being the operative word here. I probably will at some point. For now, I am just eating it myself while they are asleep/at school. What?! They don’t know the difference. If they bother to count, there will be less candy in an amount greater than if only they had been eating it. Which means they need to behave and do as I say, or they will lose even more. End of story.
At least, until I change my mind tomorrow.
Do you change your mind like the weather? I think it is a sign of growth and humility when we recognize our own faults and frailties and choose to make amends. Or, at least, makes jokes about it at our own expense.