In Which My Teenaged Daughter Burns Me

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Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Avatar Doctor Jay
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    Well, $4.99 for two pencils does seem high to me, too, but then, I’m also a Dad.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Just wait a few days until she’s lost both of the pencils, and you can get mad all over again.Report

  3. Avatar Chip Daniels
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    I suppose it would be churlish to point out that a good mechanical pencil can go for about 15 dollars.
    I bought my first in 1981 on the first day of work in an architectural office.

    I still use it every weekend for my artwork, and would like to be buried with it.Report

  4. Avatar Kazzy
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    Recently, my two sons — aged 7-months and 2.5 years — teamed up to have a laugh at my expense. I reached out to give the younger one a high five. He looked at me, looked at his brother, looked at me, looked at his brother and laughed… leaving me hanging. The older one, who is speech delayed and still communicates largely through gestures, pointed at the baby, pointed at me, pointed at my outstretched hand, looked at his brother, and joined in the laughter.

    I, too, felt burned. But, because they are wee little beasties, their punishment was dressing like a pair of assholes for school the next day. You might think I’m kidding. I’m not. At all. If anyone can show me how to paste a picture into a comment, I’ll show the evidence.Report

  5. Avatar Glyph
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    I just checked Amazon and I can have thirty pencils same-day delivered (for free) to me for $5.99.

    And they come pre-sharpened!Report

  6. Avatar Michael Cain
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    I admit to a certain amount of sympathy for your daughter. My thing was pens, rather than pencils, and beginning as a teenager a modest but steady portion of my allowance and part-time earnings went into those. Although the notion of spending Mom and Dad’s money directly on a pen, without having asked permission first, wouldn’t have crossed my mind.Report

    • Avatar Sam in reply to Michael Cain
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      I should add this detail – my daughter had asked for permission to buy pencils, which I had granted. I had simply not been alerted to the price of said pencils before purchase. Had I known, I still would have grumbled about it – I’m a dad, and grumbling is my responsibility – but having paid as much as I did is too much!Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Sam
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        A pencil can be worth the money. I have two pencils on my desk. One is an old Pentel 0.5mm that I only use for tiny printing on my calendar. The other is a beat-up, scruffy Autopoint 0.9mm I’ve had since my father gave it to me when I was a teenager (he said he no longer used it). Autopoint is best known for making millions of these drab, almost indestructible pencils for the US government and giant corporations like the old AT&T. You can buy one that’s essentially identical from Autopoint today — for $9.95. That’s not a bad price for a pencil you intend to still be using in 40 years…Report

  7. Avatar dragonfrog
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    Were they Blackwing pencils or something?Report

  8. Avatar Michael Drew
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    “all of that stuff.”

    Efficient. Devastating.Report

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