Maya was contrite up until she heard the words “you’re grounded.” She didn’t think it was fair and didn’t think she did anything wrong. “She’s overreacting,” is what she said to Anthony when she saw him in school the next day. “She’s an old fart and doesn’t want me to have any fun!” Then she proceeded to invite him over after school.
“Aren’t you grounded?”
“Well, yeah, but she didn’t say I couldn’t have my friends over. I just can’t leave the house,” she said with a devilish grin.
He was nervous about it and didn’t think it was a good idea, but she won him over like she constantly did.
“Do you like my new outfit?”
“Anthony! Stop acting like a baby!”
“I’m sorry! I just don’t think I’m supposed to be here. I don’t want to get in trouble!”
Naturally, Skyla came in just when Anthony was stating the obvious.
“Mom! Don’t you knock?”
Skyla sat on the bed. She was so cool and casual. “Hi, Anthony!” She was smiling like always. “I think it’s time for you to leave. Don’t you?”
“Y-y-yes, Mrs. Pruett! I’m sorry, Mrs. Pruett. It won’t happen again, Mrs. Pruett!”
Skyla chuckled. “It’s ok, Anthony. I know it’s not your fault. I hope to see you again in about a month.”
Maya’s mouth flew open. “A month? A month?”
Anthony seized the opportunity to leave and practically ran out. Skyla got up and closed the door.
“A MONTH, Mom?”
Skyla sat next to Maya. “What part of ‘you’re grounded’ confused you, pumpkin?”
“This isn’t fair! I haven’t left the house! Why can’t I have my friends over?”
“I told you I was giving you time to think about creating boundaries and how you’re not going to be in this situation again. How do you expect to do that with your friends over? They are the ones who are distracting you.”
Maya growled. “This is stupid! All my friends think you’re the cool mom, but you’re not! I hate you!”
“No you don’t.”