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Doesn't anyone believe in Dear Diary anymore? What happened to the joy of putting actual pen to paper? And why does every ordinary Jane and John think they can write well enough to burden the world with their scribblings? It’s a mystery that badly needs solving. My first entry contains my thoughts about blogging and will set your expectations. The rest will probably be stream of consciousness garbage, much like you’ll find on any other blog. Perhaps we will both come away enlightened.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I Loves Me Some Poetic Justice

One of the hardest things about parenting a teen is knowing when to assert your authority, and when to let them learn from their own mistakes.

It's really hard to find that balance. And even when I'm fairly certain that I've made the right choice, I find myself second guessing my decisions.

But sometimes, life takes the matter out of our hands and makes the point far more effectively than we ever could.

Those are the moments we parents live for.

One of Pubescent One's household chores is litter box maintenance; scooping and changing. Despite being told numerous times that if the litter box is not clean, the cats will find other places to do their business and then being made to clean up said business when one of them does, in fact, do their business elsewhere...he procrastinates as long as he possibly can.

This evening, after hounding Pubescent One for three days to change the litter boxes, I found a pile of wayward business on the laundry room floor.

Angry, I roused him from the couch and demanded that he do the job NOW.

He stayed home from school today with a cough and fever. He made much of this, of course, asserting that he was far too ill to do any kind of domestic labor. Further, I must be the most cruel, heartless mother on the face of the planet to make a sick child work.

He gave a dramatic KAWF. KAWF. and a hearty Sccchhhhhnerrrrrrk to illustrate his point.

Oh. The Drama.

He reluctantly set about cleaning the litter boxes. After he had emptied and scrubbed them, he was plum wore out. He decided that in his weakened condition, it would be a good idea to take a "break" before finishing the Herculean task of putting in the liners and dumping litter into them.

Three hours later, I realized he was still on the couch.

I sent him back into the laundry room grumbling and complaining. Seconds later I heard an audible gasp followed by a muffled curse.

He reappeared in the living room, red faced and huffing with indignation.

"MOM! The cat PEED on my ABERCROMBIE jacket!!"

His voice was faintly tinged with hysteria, the coat being one of his most prized posessions.

I realized I had been handed a gift; a twofold lesson for my attitudinous adolescent, the indignation of which would stay with him far longer than any harping, carping or lecturing from me.

Lesson #1. Don't discombobulate the pee pee receptacle for extended periods of time.

Lesson #2. Hang up your coat.

I couldn't hide the small smile that stole to my lips. Pubescent One was outraged.

"You think this is FUNNY!" he accused.

"No...I don't think it's funny. I think it's poetic justice."

"What's that supposed to mean?" he growled.

"It means you learned your lesson without me having to pee on your coat myself."

"Gross, Mom."

"But effective, Dude. I'll have to remember that pee really makes an impression on you."


He rolled his eyes heavenward and retreated back into the kitchen. I heard him scolding the cat, who then stalked through the living room with head and tail held high, clearly unrepentant. The unruffled feline looked at me with a most human expression upon his whiskered face. It was bored indifference. If he had posessed shoulders, he would have shrugged.

"What did he expect?" the expression said.

What indeed, cat, what indeed.

I patted him on the head and watched his eyes slit with pleasure. A low rumble started deep in his chest. He flopped onto the floor and waited imperiously for more rubbing to commence.

He seemed to know he had done something useful. Perhaps, he even appreciated the irony of his retribution.



  • At 11:47 PM, Blogger Shelley said…

    Oh, the drama and the eyerolling, I know it well.

    As for the "You think this is FUNNY?" question? My answer would have been, "Yep, I do."

  • At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good kitty

  • At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tell me, you trained that cat, didn't you.
    I'd have given him tylenol and told him to get on with it or he'd be heading straight back to school. Nope, scratch that, I'd have given him tylenol, made him do the litter tray and sent him back to school anyways.

  • At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just another sign that cats are smarter than we give them credit for.

  • At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just another sign that cats are smarter than we give them credit for.

  • At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just another sign that cats are smarter than we give them credit for.

  • At 10:10 AM, Blogger Tania said…

    You've got yourself a great allie.

  • At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't worry, things will go back to normal again real quick. The cat will get another chance at something else precious. Good thing your cat knows who is supposed to be in charge of the litter!

  • At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Har. Just har. And a guffaw.

  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger jess said…

    Oh what a cruel and terrible mother you must be, treating the poor child so badly as to make him to chores! However do you sleep at night??

    p.s. Go cat.

  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger Unknown said…


  • At 5:45 PM, Blogger Notes and letters to myself.... said…

    You paid that cat in catnip to pee on his jacket I just know it:) hahahahahaha

  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger mamatulip said…

    Oh, poetic justice INDEED.

  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Laura K. said…

    that was fantastic.

  • At 4:32 PM, Blogger SUEB0B said…

    Cats will ALWAYS exact justice. It may take a while, but they never forget.

  • At 6:58 PM, Blogger nina said…

    this gave me an idea for a blog post of my own but i could never do yours justice. you crack me up!


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