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Back when young ScaryDuck worked in the Dole office rather than simply queuing in it, he had to deal with a claimant brought in by his mum. She did all the talking. He was 40 years old.

Have you had to deal with over-protective parents? Get your Dad to tell us all about it.

(, Thu 10 Sep 2009, 15:13)
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This question is relevant to my interests
Only last month, on a family holiday I was subjected to parental hoverings (I am 22). (Backstory: my mum left when I was about 7 so still treats me like a kid, but to be honest the whole of that side of the family is a bit wet.)

We were staying in a house we had rented on the west coast. It was the night of that meteor shower (14th August I believe?), there were lovely clear skies and I was really quite looking forward to a peaceful evening of stargazing.
I had some of those chinese lanterns, and decided it would be fun to set one off for the whole family to watch (me, my 3 sisters, my mum, grandparents, 2 cousins, my uncle and my aunt).

After lighting the fuel cell, and allowing the lantern to fill with air, I released it. It hovered in the air for a moment, then was taken by a breeze to nestle atop some maize in a nearby field (only for a fraction of a second, mind you).

This caused my aunt to flap like a headless chicken on speed, screeching like some kind of rotund crow that it was going to burn the whole field to a cinder.

Anyway, the lantern lifted off and continued on its merry way into the evening sky, observed by most of the family (my aunt couldn't bear to watch, lest it rain down hellfire from above).

Upon returning to the house, there was something of a post-mortem going on. My mum decided "you're not doing any more of those tonight"

"WTF?" I thought. So of course, retaining a modicum of pride (and somewhat influenced by my younger cousin) we set out to launch another lantern skyward.

Ha! Take that so-called authority figures. In your face.

But on returning to the house, I found that my aunt had confiscated the remaining lanterns. Confiscated them, and hidden them away. She took my toys away! Waa. I was gobsmacked at their cheek, to be honest, but my cousin was livid. He went ballistic at his mum for confiscating them, and it ended up causing a massive row.

We ended up walking 7 miles to the nearest town, in the middle of the night (saw a fair few meteors on the way thankfully). We got back just as the sun was rising, at about 5am.

The moral? Don't buy chinese lanterns!
(, Fri 11 Sep 2009, 3:56, Reply)

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