So, mere weeks after his triumphant graduation from art school, my son Nick has been chillaxing a bit before taking on the monster known as Reality. But when my son gets restless, my wife and I get nervous sometimes.
When he was about 7, he and his older brother, Noel, decided to see if they could persuade their 4-year-old sister to dangle from a second-story balcony then drop into a Radio Flyer wagon on the driveway below and ride down the steep incline to the street (Answer: We don't know because a neighbor rushed out and interceded).
Then there was the time when he skateboarded off a one-story flight of stairs just to see what would happen (Answer: The skateboard shatters on impact and your ankle nearly snaps--we have video to prove it). Then there was the time he decided to make his own slasher flick, and we returned from a dinner to find one of our showers splattered with very realistic fake blood a la “Psycho”--with no one at home.
Then there was the time when he was walking back to his apartment with friends in Philly at 3 a.m. and thought swiping a bag of bagels from boxes behind a deli was a good solution to their hunger (three felony counts were eventually dropped after some $1,000 in lawyer and court fees.)
Then there was the time he and his buddies thought it would be interesting to go to a nearby creek and cover themselves in smelly mud, with only the whites of their eyes indicating that they were human, for the sake of a funny photo.
This weekend, Nick and his high-school buddies were restless again. And the weather was warm and muggy. While I sat in the basement typing away on another masterpiece for OS, he and his henchmen inadvertently stumbled on what could be a promising business. Behold, the mobile pool party:
If Nick (second from left) can figure out how to add bubbles, they'll be stylin'.
When that got boring, they decided to see what it would feel like to have all that water dumped on their heads (as one friend suggested, a sort of waterboarding):
It’s a great comfort to me that all that creativity and a $120,000 degree got put to good use. In raising Nick, my wife and I have been many things. Bored is not one of them.