I assigned our obviously deprived teen this journal prompt in response to his nagging, er, repeated requests for a cell phone. Because as everyone knows, everyone has a cell phone but him.

What could happen if you don’t have a cell phone?

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Of course, this did not sway me. My response to his pleas is still the same, “When we begin leaving you with people we do not trust, we will provide you with a cell phone.”

And then I praised him for his creative writing in this piece of fiction. Because I will obviously not be dropping him off at a mall, especially one with a gang problem and with friends who would not notice he was gone. Good try, Son. I love you.

PS – for those that like to critique my kids’ work … I do not edit Journal work. It is theirs and is a safe place to express themselves.

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