Monday, May 31, 2010


Yesterday I caught my son lighting birch bark on fire with a magnifying glass... he's 27... and his three year old son was with him.  When confronted he explained that he was teaching his son survival skills.  As if  I was fooled.  There would have been no "Look son, the convex lens of a magnifying glass concentrates the rays of the sun into a point creating enough heat to start fires."   It would have been "Hey son, come check out all the cool  stuff you can burn with this thing."

He forgets I am his mother and we have history.  This is the same son who with his brothers, lit my giant pillar candle on fire by spraying WD40 at the flame.  They would never have been caught except someone was foolish enough to video tape it.


  1. we used to cook live minnows on the patio cement under the kitchen window, cremate ants and daddylong leg spiders too, with a magnifying glass.

  2. Why does that not surprise me Darlene.