Thursday, July 3, 2008

Terrors of Conscience, Postcript

When my turn had come to be a parent, I called up my father one day, distraught. "You raised four teeenagers," I said, "so I desperately need to know how you did it."

"Well, there are two basic approaches I know of," he replied. "There's the old Army way: hit 'em hard and fast, where it hurts the most."


"And then then there's the sit-down-and-reason-with-them method, which you may recall I used."

"Oh, yes, I do recall!" I exclaimed, gratitude filling my heart, tears filling my eyes. "Of course, of course! That's how you did it..."

"Bad mistake!"