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Raising Children Can be Funny When You're Not the One Doing It!

Updated on May 23, 2015

Raising Children Can be Funny When You're Not the One Doing It!

I know that anyone with a teenage child still living at home knows exactly how exasperating life can be at times. However, any “sane” adult who is at the beginning stages of starting a family, please keep in mind, a sense of humor is a must. Otherwise, and trust me on this on, life is not going to be much fun.

Just to bring you up to speed on this little story, without having to tell you my life story, as a teenager I was a walking nightmare for my mother. I put that poor woman through pure hell…in fact that little character defect on mine carried itself well into my 30’s. However, we all survived, nobody was ever arrested or seriously hurt. In fact, these days, life is good…not only does my mother like me, I have 2 sisters that I’m pretty sure like me too!

I have 3 children of my own, 2 of which are adults now and making their own way in life. Although I’m sure they managed to pull the wool over my eyes a few times, they weren’t able to get away with much because they had a mother who had pretty much pulled every trick in the book…so not much was getting past me.

But this story is about another teenage child, and boy is it fun to sit back and watch when you don’t have to be involved with the disciplining.

I moved in with my boyfriend and his son (Zack) about 3 years ago. This man is “God love him” a great guy, but at the same time way too giving…almost to a fault. His son has never had to want or need for anything…that is until this past year. He is now seventeen and daddy wants him to grow up and act his age. This is a process that is almost too painful to watch, yet sometimes hilarious at the same time.

Zack is a modern day Jethro Bodine (with fitted Carhartts). The boy lives for the outdoors. Since I’ve known him, I don’t think he’s had a single thought that did not involve fishing, hunting, farming, or…and this is a big one…TRACTORS!!! You know how some kids (present company included) will sometimes bring home a stray cat or dog? Well we get things with motors…oh, and sometimes pigs and sheep!

This past summer Zack got a job hauling hay, which is right up his alley. The problem with this job is that it brings him to farms that have old “junk” tractors sitting outside. Well, Zack feels the need to rescue (I guess that would be the best way to put it) these poor abandoned tractors and bring them home.

Since the alpha male of this household “Dad” happens to love all things with motors also…we have run out of boarding space! So Dad told Zack, after about the third homeless tractor showed up, that under no circumstances is he to bring home another tractor…."Enough already"!

So we get a call from Zack one Saturday afternoon. “Dad, I’m at this farm and this woman is getting rid of her baby sheep for free!” "NO", was Dad’s immediate response. The debate went on for another 10 minutes or so…but the final answer was still a big fat “NO.” The phone rings about a half hour later…this time he puts a little twist on the story. Apparently Zack’s mother had gone over to see the sheep and fell in love with them, but she lives in a small 2nd story apartment. How this was our problem (haven’t a clue), but Dad eventually gave in and said the sheep could stay for a couple of days…at least until they could find a permanent home for the poor thing.

Here comes the good part…We hear the truck pull into the driveway when Zack gets home. So we head towards the door to go see the cute little sheep. Zack stops his father at the door and says “great news dad, the sheep can stay at Jacob’s (his best friend), but I have it in the front of my truck if you still want to come see it." I could see instant relief in his eyes; I knew he really didn’t want the sheep there in the first place.

But that relief was very short lived, because, as soon as we turned the corner around the garage, there sat our new stray. In the back of Zack’s truck was an old “beat-up” Montgomery Ward tractor. Exactly how long has that company been out of business? Oh how I wish I carried my camera more often, because the look on Dad’s face was priceless. His son had pulled the old bait and switch on him, and it worked. I’m sorry, but you have to laugh at things like this, because if you can’t you won’t have any hair left (that is if you’re not already bald.)


Life gets even more interesting when you get to sit back and watch your children raise their children. Ha ha..payback!


© 2009 Wendi M


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      Wendi M 8 years ago from New Hampshire

      LOL, my boyfriend just finished building an additional shed in the backyard...and he still can't fit everything inside. And he complains about my shoes taking up space (I'm only a size 7)???

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      SunShineSnow 8 years ago from Texas

      We have a garage, a storage shed and if that wasn't enough we had to rent not one but two storage garage's to fit all the but it was free stuff in.

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      Brenda Jesmain Zareski 8 years ago

      We should get him and my husband together!!! He loves his junk!!! He bought a 27 acre property last year....Thank god!! That's where all the junk sits now, instead of my back yard!!

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      JoAnn Marshall 8 years ago

      You would really be in trouble if I lived next door with Brad.