The Paperback Edition…
“The Parents”‘ first attempt at ‘parenting’ was to volunteer at my 7th grade “Welcome Back to School” dance. This was, incidentally, was my first foray into “socializing” on a grander scale than play dates with neighborhood kids.
Two weeks before the dance, “The Parents” descended unannounced upon a clueless Principal Nelson…he was such a nice, normal man. I believe he took early retirement…
He had previously been informed when Karlie began 7th grade that the parents of Karlie and Tobey Carlson had been tragically killed on their third attempt to climb Mt. Everest.
“The Parents” had bravely tried to rescue their loyal Sherpa who had unfortunately fallen into a deep crevasse. As the story went…all three bodies were never recovered…so Karlie and younger sister Tobey were now being lovingly raised by a grandma named Sylvia…so you can just call her if anything came up.
This compellingly sad tale had been created by our highly imaginative grandma Sylvia after a couple of glasses…perhaps more…of Cabernet Sauvignon. Both Karlie and I thought it was a very sound plan and we all heartily agreed that there was no reason whatsoever to mention this to “The Parents”…ever.
But now…“The Parents” told the puzzled Mr. Nelson, that “Yes! Of course we’re Tobey’s parents! Who else would we be?”
And then they added for good measure, “We’re Karlie’s parents too!” They figured this further claim would seal the deal.
A hesitant and slightly confused Principal Nelson said he “would check and see if they would be needed.” He then rose to politely show them the door…vaguely remembering a sad tale involving a sherpa and Mt. Everest…and he pondered this as he walked toward the door with them.
However...”The Parents” were on a mission and ‘parenting magnificently’ had become their Holy Grail. They were not going to be turned away…
So they made sure of being ‘needed’ by donating $200,000 toward renovating the teachers’ lounge and also gifting the school library with another $200,000.
This generous gesture of goodwill insured that no more questions would be asked on whether or not they would be needed.
They were more than ‘needed’…they were now revered.
Imagine riding a roller coaster with no safety bar to hold you in place…that was my life for the next 6 years…