I got called at 0630 asking if I could work this afternoon at our middle school.
Sure, no problem.
As I walk to the main doors, I see the bike rack. Oddly I see a bike that looks identical to my 14 yr old sons bike. Which would be really odd as I can't see too many 6/7th graders riding a bike that was a 2005 demo. Then I see the helmet with it's "spikes." Oh. that is my 11 yr olds helmet.
I see him between classes....
"How did you get to school?"
" Did you miss the conversation last night about bike swapping?"
I get home about 3pm. The 14 yr old is lounging on my chair.....
"How did you get to school today?
" I subbed at the middle school. Do you want to stick with that?"
"Well,. CJ took my bike. I walked."
I go outside......
"Johnny, how did Garrett get home?"
"oh, Cj's bike."
I could scream! Went through thsi lengthly discussion last night that they don't swap bikes. Garrett can't keep two cents in his pocket. So repairs can't be done.....
Now I know most of this is CJ bought a 2013 specialized whatever it is...... Garrett has a 2005 specialized whatever that he bought in 2008. So it is really a case of "his is newer and nicer and I want it."
EDIT - I wasn't plain enough above apparently. My 14 year old is the kind of kid that can do things that you can't.... meaning he can pick on you, to the point where you cry... but you say one thing back to him.... and he is stomping off slamming doors and has been known to just start throwing punches.
If CJ were to break Garrett's bike, even have a tire go flat.... Garrett would be all over him..... Even if by teh time he found out CJ had already googled the location of the parts and was asking for a ride to teh credit untion to withdrawl and then to the bike shop 40 minutes away.
If Garrett were to have something happen to CJ's bike, Garrett would put it back in the shed and act like he has no idea what is the matter with it.
Really this boils down to "I know my kids, I know their personalities."