Just when you think the “men-children” couldn’t possibly surprise us any further, or provide me with any other great stories for the blog, along comes yet another incident that will be added to the rich and colourful history of their adolescent years.
We have already had the delightful experience of parents who are called to the school to discuss their son’s behaviour. Whilst initially it was for an incident involving Man-Child I, by the time the meeting came about there had been another separate incident involving Man-Child II, so we had the joy of back-to-back meetings – “in stereo” I called it. I am quite sure one of the senior teachers who met with us almost felt sympathetic at the fact it was BOTH our charming sons who were in trouble. He very kindly pointed out that we weren’t the only parents who had made a visit to the school to discuss their sons, but I bet we’re the only ones who managed a twin visit!!! (Thank goodness I didn’t get triplets).
However Man-Child I did excel in the trouble stakes the other day, when I received a call from an out-of-town country police station whilst we were away on school holidays to say my son was at the local supermarket and had been caught shop-lifting. Fabulous! I was then asked to collect him and take him to the police station, where he received an official “Caution”. Now for those who think that’s a nice kick up the backside and “don’t do it again”, you are mistaken. The presiding officer decided he needed a lesson that would keep him on the straight and narrow for quite some time. So Man-Child I was told he now has a police record (not a conviction) and is effectively on a good behaviour bond for the next five years. He had his mug shot taken (this even alarmed me) and we were also paid a visit by another policeman sporting two guns and several Tasers – totally effective trust me. In an amazing case of irony the “arresting officer” actually had a son attending the same private school in the same year level as my Men-Children – we naturally assume privacy is assured, but it did add to the impact of the consequences.
The officer was very convincing in ensuring Man-Child I understood the impact on his life in the event he is ever stupid enough to do something that earns him a criminal conviction. It really can derail someone and totally ruin their life. I explained to Man-Child I that there was no point punishing him, I figured he had punishment enough for the next 5 years. I also made him share the experience with his friends and Man-Child II so they all learned from his lesson. But I did say if I found out they had shared it on Facebook their lives would be short-lived. I guess only time will tell whether our teenager has heeded the sage advice and life lesson given to him by a well-meaning, and totally savvy policeman.
Read my post-script to this story here.