Over the weekend, my 14-year-old attended a retreat. She inadverdently took one of our three household mobile phones, the one she and her 13-year-old sister share. Consequently, we were left with two household phones for the weekend. As many parents of adolescents will tell you, this is the sort of thing that can provoke a crisis of unimaginable proportions.
On Saturday, my 13-year-old, Maddie, went to watch some friends compete in a swim meet. We don’t like to drop off our kids at such an event without a way for us to get in touch with them (and vice versa), so Maddie took my phone. This led to the following exchange:
MADDIE: Daddy, can I change the ring tone?
Maddie cringed. Is it perhaps because I have the world’s geekiest ring tone?