All privileges, shore leaves, play times, R&R and the Nutella jar have been pulled.
I walked into work this morning with a bag full of stuff and dumped it on my desk. My cubicle mates (who know the problems SS is having) saw the pile and couldn’t help but laugh.
“So Drac0! Did you have a nice time last night? LOL”
Yeah, last night didn’t go well (not that I was expecting it to go smoothly). DW was pleading with me to “hold off” until she could talk to the teachers. I told her no. I warned her and I warned SS of what I was going to do, and I am a man of my word. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
And I repeated my commitment. “I refuse to be stuck with an 18-year-old high school drop out, sitting around the house all day doing nothing but play video games and eating Nutella sandwiches.”
DW tried to defend SS. Every point she brought up I shot down.
“But SS needs tutoring!”
"Yes, but the main problem is SS doesn’t study."
"But SS does study."
"He doesn’t study enough."
"He has problems with his science teacher."
"Oh. the same teacher that said SS stands up and amuses the class by speaking in a squeaky voice. Yes, I can see why the science teacher would have a problem with the class clown."
"But SS has improved overall!"
"He still failed TWO classes."
"But if we punish him, he will just give up."
"Then it’s time you consider military school."
"You would not send your OWN son to military school!"
"Oh yes I would! My daughter too if she was pulling this crap!"
"You just want to beat your chest to prove you are the man of the house!"
"And you are just desperately searching for excuses to prevent me from doing what needs to be done."
DW stopped talking to me for a while. She went to talk to SS to get his 'version' of what happened.
SS had nothing to say. He just shrugged his shoulders and said "I dunno". He wasn't shocked at the two failures on his report card.
"SS"...DW said. "Please be honest with me. Are you AT ALL surprised at these results?"
"Hrmmm....Well....no. Not really."
"And what do you think you need to do to get better grades?"
"Urm...I dunno....Study more I guess? Play less video games?"