No matter what their age parental instincts kick in and all you can do is think about protecting your kids. Whether it is from imminent danger, hurt feelings, or just getting screwed over (the basis of this post) in general, our mama bear claws come out and we are ready to kick some ass. Now for me when these feelings come out it can be surprising because I was never an over bearing mother. I have always let my kids make their own choices, for the most part, whether they are right or wrong.
My oldest can be a bit naive when it comes to the ways of the world. He was in cyber school during his high school years and wasn’t out in the world to see just how cruel it could be. Now he is almost 21 but he is too trusting. That being said let me get to the point of this post. His xBox broke a few months ago (I was totally doing the freakin’ happy dance. I now believe that it is the root of all evils in the world). Anyways, he had just bought a new PS3 so when the xBox broke he decided he wasn’t going to replace it. Then he realized he couldn’t talk to all his xBox friends because they didn’t play the PS3.
A guy he works with told him he had an xBox he would sell him for $50. They boy was all over this. He said sure he would take it. The guy kept forgetting to bring it in, etc. So my ever trusting child gives him the money for it before actually getting it. Now my first instincts is to smack the kid up along side the head for doing such a stupid thing but I calmly explained why it was a dumb decision and let it go.
The boy calls me and tells me he is going to be late getting home from work because the kids was going to run home and get the xBox. They boy shows up 2 hours later than normal without it. The guy never showed. The next day the same exact scenario happens. Now at this point I am beyond pissed. I am ready to drive down there and kick some punks ass. But I decide that the boy would not appreciate is mom showing up and knocking some guys teeth out so I remained at home.
Now the next day the guy brings the xBox. I get a picture message from the boy with it sitting in his vehicle. Minutes later I get another text saying never mind he can’t sell it. Seriously? He finally brings it and now he can’t sell it? Long explanation short, it really wasn’t his to sell. Once his brother realized it was gone he called the guy and and chewed him up one side and down the other from what I understand. But my child got his money back and hit Game Stop yesterday for a used one and now him and the youngest child are happy as pie.