David Kinney '94 | May 5, 2016
I’ve made a proposal, and my children are in open revolt.
The boy brays: Uuuuuuuugh! He throws himself to the floor and begins to whimper quietly.
The girl, on the verge of fake tears herself, guns down my idea rapid-fire, as only a tween can, protesting at nearly indecipherable speed: She never has any time for herself, and she made plans to loiter downtown with her friends, and Sundays are her one day off from school and sports and theater, and she needs this free time because her life is soooooo stressful, and you DON’T UNDERSTAND and you know she hates hiking. She has honed this routine through years of practice. She’s relentless, and it will serve her well later in life when negotiations come with higher stakes.