January 10, 2006

My Kids May Shoot Me for Telling You This

I think it's important to learn from your mistakes. I also think it can be very beneficial to learn from the mistakes of others. But this is not exactly what I had in mind:

My son went to a summer YMCA Sports Camp one year. I can't remember how old he was, but perhaps he'll reply in the comments. He sorta, kinda got in a wee bit of trouble for "borrowing" one of his dad's Playboy magazines and showing it off to the other day campers. You know, first there's the trouble from the camp counselors, then there's the trouble from the parents at home - which inevitably little sister hears about.

I recently found out in one of those "Let's Tell Mom All The Rotten Things We Got Away With Right Under Her Nose HA HA Isn't That a Hoot" dinners (which I thought would take place at least a year after BOTH kids had moved out) that my daughter learned a lot from that incident.

When my daughter found a a stash of similar magazines in her brother's old bedroom after he left home, did she throw them away in disgust? No. Did she use them for blackmail against her big brother? No. Did she show them off to other kids? Of course not! She learned from someone else's mistake, remember?

She sold them on the school bus.


Anonymous Monique said...

Probably a sign that I'm spending too much time online today, but this is the 3rd blog today that I've been first to comment on! :)

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Monique said...

Actually, now that I think about it, it might even be the 4th. I sure do get around!

Anyway, that's too funny about your daughter selling those magazines on the school bus. My friend and I embarassingly LOST similar smutty fare on the campus safety shuttle once in college, but we never SOLD them!

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




6:52 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Let's see now, how do you spell entrepreneur? :) ec

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That girl of yours has a great business mind.
I hope she puts it to good use and spends money lavishly on her dear momma.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

I wasn't ready for that! Savvy kid.

9:23 PM  
Blogger McSwain said...

We have those dinners in my family! And how funny is that! Smart girl.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hivy, like momma like daughter huh?

1:33 AM  
Blogger Jona said...

I bet your kids are the most popular ;o)

2:12 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Happy 10th anniversary Ivy (10 days)

4:17 AM  
Blogger bubba said...

That apple didn't fall far from the tree, huh?

4:44 AM  
Blogger bornfool said...

The entrepreneurial spirit is what makes America great!

6:47 AM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

Hahahahaha! Now we know where the brains in the family are. Girls rule, boys drool.
Lois Lane

9:22 AM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I don't think you have to worry about this girl being able to take care of herself. Too funny!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Da Gal said...

Your kids rocks Ivy! I think they learned all their good tricks from you.

Funny... my mom won't participate in those dinners. She says if we survived this long without her knowing about certain things that she just doesn't want to hear about them. Spoil sport!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

LOL. What a smart kid! I love it. Providing she didn't get caught by the school. That would suck.

1:20 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Ah ha! ~ An entrepreneur! I LOVE IT! ~ It's the American way! But really, she may have been able to get a higher price on EBay and then she could have told you she was going to use the computer to start studying for an exam. (Or better yet… posting on some blogsites)! I am sure your son was using them as research information of some kind. I guess he finished the paper. ~ jb///

1:33 PM  
Blogger Karlos said...

I can't wait until my kids share that kind of stuff with me! I remember the look on my mom's face on the occasions that my sister and I shared some gems with her!

3:34 PM  
Blogger FTS said...

Quite the resourceful one, isn't she.

So, um, mom... what did you do after hearing said son had said magazines hidden in said room? ;)

4:39 PM  
Blogger Chilihead2 said...

ROTLF! OMG. Funny, funny, funny.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Lis said...

That girl of yours is one smart cookie!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous TSB said...

THat is a hoot....terrrrrribly ingeniuos behavior on her part :)

10:24 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Enterprising child. Is she a successful entrepreneur or savvy businessperson now?

4:31 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Well, golly, everybody needs a hobby.

12:22 PM  
Blogger poopie said...

Go girl.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hivy, in case you're wonderin' the 10 days was for Ivy not smoking on Monty's blog, your comment was next to hers 'n you know how it gets......

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Penny said...

Smart girl! I'll bet she became VERY popular with all the boys, too. 'Cause you know it wasn't other girls buying those magazines ... :)

5:49 AM  
Blogger Sirs_Girl said...

Hehehe, gotta love those conversations. Although you have to admire your daughters skills as an entrepreneur. Pure genius... it says a lot for mommy too. :)

6:36 AM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

Now that's what I'd call an enterprising girl. She may one day be a successful entrepeneur.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Mitch said...

I was in 5th grade. Just FYI I sold them also. Five dollars a picture. I would be retiring right about now if it handn't been for the kid that only had three dollars and wanted to buy a picture but I told him they were five and I couldn't cut him a deal. He told on me.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Prerona said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you too! Sorry for the belated wishes - I just got back from holiday and was off the net while away :)

7:57 AM  
Blogger FTS said...

What? No birthday post with stories of wild parties and large chocolate cakes?


Well, happy belated birthday anyway! :P

10:08 AM  

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