Experienced by a parent on her drive home from town with her 14 year old son in tow, munching happily on Sonic Chili Cheese Fries, made possible *only* by his mother's contribution of travel:
Son: "So, Mom. How well do you feel you've parented your son today?"
Mom [curious as to where this is going]: "Well, lessee. This morning we had a lengthy conversation about your current musical endeavors. Then, I cracked the whip on you and your school work. After that, I made a trip to town possible for you, and we'll be doing a school session this evening together. Add to that ~ you've clothing, food in your tummy and a roof over your head. I guess I'd say . . .7.5 on a scale of 1 to 10."
Mom: "So, do you agree with my assessment?"
Son: "Nope. I'd give you a 5.5"
Mom: "Really? Why is that? What would you have me change?"
Son: "I need you to give me $10,000."
Mom: "$10,000? For what?"
Son: "A new car."
Mom: "That's bribery."
Son: "Doesn't matter. It's the only thing that can improve your score."
With a minimum of two years yet until he reaches legal driving age, I'm really hoping this is an annual assessment. I'm not quite ready to pony up the cash . . .