Screen Time

I discover that my fifteen year old cut the screens out of her bedroom windows. Big ol’ sheets of screen. 

I say, “Why did you cut the screens out of your windows?”

“I don’t know.”

“Do you not like the way they look? Are they not aesthetically pleasing?”

“I don’t know.”

“Do you have a boyfriend sneaking into the window and you want to reduce the number of steps it takes to sneak through?”

She stares me down.

“Did you start smoking pot and you want a lifetime supply of screens for your bowl?”


“This is one of your art projects, right? Like the time the stack of coffee filters went missing. I get it. Next time could you ask me to go to the screen store.”

The conversation ends with no closure about why this head-scratching incident occured. 

I say, “There’s many worse things than a screenless window. Like, um……….a screenless movie theatre. That would suck.”

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