Stranger Danger

 This… Is Luke. He is my oldest. He is a lot like his mama… Stubborn. Fearless. Mischievous. Sweet when he wants to be, and pretty darn funny sometimes. He wants to be a YouTuber, or a scientist when he grows up {which he did not get from me}, and he constantly keeps me on my toes.

When he was four, I thought I should probably talk to him about ‘stranger danger.’ So I sat him down on the couch, and told him we needed to talk. I gave him the standard ‘stranger danger’ speech, the whole, they might have candy, or they might ask you to come help them find their missing puppy, they might tell you they have a toy for you if you come with them to their car, and you are never to go with someone you don’t know, no matter what they tell you they will give you, or ask you to help with… And Luke interrupts me and jumps off the couch, clearly missing my point, and goes, “Mom! Are you serious?! Strangers will give me candy and toys?!” he exclaims with jubilation as he goes to get his shoes and socks, “Come on mom! We better go find us some strangers!” I again {attempted} to explained that the point of the story was to not go with strangers, not to actively try and seek them out. Luke shrugged and walked off, and I assumed that was that.

A couple of days later, we were at the grocery store checking out and Luke keeps eyeing the person behind us. He looks at the person, looks back at me… “Mom, is that a stranger?” “Yes Luke,” I say, nodding to the man behind us. Luke turns back around, “Say stranger, you got any candy?” “No,” says stranger looking slightly confused. Luke shakes his head and then ask, “Well, do you have any toys for me?” The stranger starts laughing at this point and Luke, looking annoyed, turns back to me… “Mom… This stranger’s got nothing.” I can only classify this as #epicparentingfail

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