Since there are only a few days left in the contest, I thought I'd post again and give another chance to comment!
So Candy Man and I are obsessed with giving The Boy a great childhood. Yes, really. Now don't get me wrong, I understand he needs trials and tribulations to grow and prosper, but he is 7 and has plenty of time for the crap of life.
In this particular instance, The Boy was 5 and the Harlem Globetrotters were in town (said town was St. George, UT...). Our reason for jumping at the chance to take The Boy to see them was two fold: One, we thought he would love their ball throwing antics and Two, after 2 years in St. George, the kid needed to see some....diversity.
So, we buy great tickets. We ooh and ahh over the wonder that is the Globe Trotters. We buy all kinds concession-stand goodness. At the end of game, we purchase a Globe Trotter's designer ball and wait in line to have it signed... this is the stuff boyhood dreams are made of right?
After getting in the car, the following conversation begins:
TB: "Mom, can I watch some cartoons when we get home?"
Me: "Not tonight. When we get home it's straight to bed."
TB: "You mean you just wasted my time and now I can't even watch cartoons?"
ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?
First of all, let me assure you, The Boy is still alive and did not sustain any injuries (Candy Man and I vowed not to spank. This vow obviously took place before we actually had a child, but nevertheless, we are spank-free).
He did, however, have to endure his first crazed-parent lecture.
The following tag team lecture including everything from "Are you kidding me?" and "Do you know how much money we spent?" and my personal favorite, "Do you know how many children in Africa have never seen the Globe Trotters?"
Finally, I looked at that ungrateful kid square on and said, "You know what the bottom line is? You are five. Your time is mine to waste."
The car ride home was silent (expect for my occasional sigh and muttering, "wasted my time, I'll show you wasted time, boy).
The Boy has never spoken of wasted time since.