My kids are now grown, but here are some of the truly dilightful phrases that most parents hear:
You can't tell me what to do! I'm an adult! (this starts at about 17 years of age)
Don't you even think about spanking me. It's wrong and I could turn you in for child abuse. (this starts with some at about age 12)
Dad, I'm in Trout Lake. I've got a (fill in you favorit phrase here, such as flat tire with no spare, out of gas, etc.) . Could you drive out with (whatever si required to rescue you kid who's 50 to 100 miles from home).
For my birthday dinner, I want lobster tail and grilled rib-eyes, and corn-on-the-cob. And you know that four-layer chocolate cake, with the butterscotch icing you make... (made the mistake of telling them at a young age that they could have any meal they wanted on their birthdays, and then proceeded to introduce them to good food. I know, it's my own fault
Dad, I wrecked the car.
That's just the tip of the iceburg for all of you parents of youngsters. But even with all of the headaches and trials they put you through as teens, when they grow into the fine adults that they will grow into, given the right guidance and some luck, and you find them calling you one of their best freinds, then it's all worth it. My children are my greatest accomplishment and I love them more than I love my own life. I wouldn't trade a minute of my experiences with them, good or bad.
Seeeeeya; Goodweed fo the North