We're riding in the van when McKay hollers from the back that Gabie has just scribbled in his book. This is totally unacceptable behavior, I'm tired of the squabbling, and I'm at a loss for what I can do about it, seeing as I'm clear up in the front of the vehicle and we're currently moving at 75 miles an hour on the freeway. I decide to threaten him with some undetermined future punishment, hoping the very idea will intimidate him into submission.
“Gabie,” I yell to the back of the van. “That's a terrible thing to do. I'm going to think of a punishment for you and it's going to be really awful! You simply cannot scribble in books!”
“Okay,” says Gabie (thinking he’s gotten off pretty easy). “I won't scribble in books for a whole year.”
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Last night, Gabie is making his case for expanding his TV time to more than one hour a day.
“You should let me watch more Mythbusters because it's educational. It's educational because it teaches you what not to do. Like you should never mix these things together and stick a match in them. Cause, foom! I won't ever forget that!”
Well at least he's learning something.