My oldest son’s 18th birthday was quickly approaching and he kept talking about all of the “perks” of being an adult: voting, unrestricted driving, buying lottery tickets.
I, on the other hand, started to obsess about the perils: arrests, dangerous sports, permanent scarring (aka tattoos).
I gathered my info and wrote about it here: http://www.manilla.com/blog/help-my-kids-are-almost-adults/
He and I discussed the five points – well, I talked and he half-listened because he is 18-years-old and he thinks he is invincible. Then the night he turned 18 I presented him with $20.00 for lottery tickets and the following list:
18 Things You Can Do Now That You Are 18
(But that doesn’t mean that you should)
- Buy A Lottery Ticket
- Get a Tattoo or Body Piercing
- Serve on a Jury
- Sky Dive or Bungee Jump
- Change Your Name
- Donate Blood
- Buy a Car
- Rent an Apartment
- Enlist in the Military
- Buy Cigarettes
- Drive All Night
- File a Law Suit or Sue Someone
- Get a Job Serving Alcohol
- Move out of Your Parents’ House
- Sign a Legally Binding Contract
- Work Full-Time
- Be Tried and Convicted as an Adult
I saved the best for last.