December 28, 2011

Karma


My family spent the better part of the afternoon today at a local park. My kids played tag on and around the jungle gym while my sister and I talked about important things like the Sweet Valley High book series and the Bring It On trilogy.

There were several other people at the park at the same time as us, including a lone teenage boy who was talking on his cell phone. I didn't pay much attention to the guy until he picked up Camber's scooter and started walking--and then running--away with it.

"I think he's stealing it!" my sister said in disbelief.

At that exact moment, I caught a glimpse of my husband, who had left work a little early and had just arrived in the parking lot. "That guy is stealing Camber's scooter!" I yelled and pointed in the direction of where the boy was running. When the boy heard me, he dropped the object and started sprinting like an Olympian down the street.

"You'd better run," my husband yelled as he charged after him. "Because I'm coming to get you."

The thief, who was roughly the size of a hobbit, didn't make it a block before he stopped and threw up his hands in defeat.

Talk about karma: the thief turned out to be the sixteen year-old son of my husband's work colleague.

"Guess what? I'm having lunch with your dad tomorrow," my husband told him. The boy gulped.

As you can imagine, over the past few hours, the episode has been relived and rehashed a countless number of times. Central to my husband's retelling of the story is the fortuitous timing of his arrival at the park. If he hadn't arrived on the scene at exactly that moment, the scooter would be gone forever.

Also relevant, he claims, is his wardrobe.

"If I had been wearing tighter work pants," he pointed out with a smirk, "I wouldn't have been able to run as fast."

Karma indeed.

He still has two months.

40 comments

Megan said...

Once, my family got hit with paint balls while driving down the road. My dad pulled over, got out of the car, and walked until he found the teenage boys. He made them walk to their house just around the corner to get stuff to clean our car, all the while threatening to call the police. Then, once our car was clean, he walked to their house, and had them tell their parents what they did. It was awesome!

Melinda said...

It's probably a good thing he wears a belt with his current pants or you would have all been seeing him portray his own version of the diddy "Pants on the ground!"

Jennifer said...

Awesome story!

Life As Wife said...

Ugh I would hate to be that kid when his dad gets done with that work lunch...

NumberWhisperer said...

I love it when funny stories come around like that. I love it even more when they include lines like "you better run, because I'm coming to get you."

Very funny two posts to read together.

becomingrene said...

I had to cross my legs reading that. Maybe they'll make a business casual version of pajama jeans.

V. said...

I love stories like this - no way to make stuff up that is half as funny! Props to your husband for the takedown.

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

HAHA Hilarious!!

Just Jaime said...

haha love it!

Laurie said...

Oh my gosh, AGAIN you almost made me wake up the kids from laughing SO HARD!! I mean, first of all, knowing the criminal- what a RIOT!! But the last part about the pants about did me in. Your husband is as funny as you, isn't he? Isn't he? :)

Katie said...

Just had to tell my husband the whole story because I woke him up while reading in bed since I was laughing so hard. Hilarious!

Angela said...

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

whitney said...

Oh, this has got to be one of my favorite posts of yours ever! So hilarious! The coming to get you line...the colleague's son...the loose pants. Hilarious!

Melanie said...

Ha ha ha....watch out...he's gonna get you!

Mom of 12 said...

We had someone steal a scooter from our front lawn while we were sitting on the porch! Thankfully, it was abandoned down the street a ways.
Sandy

Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife said...

I choked on my Eggo when I read your husband's comment on his pants. Sounds like something my husband would have said too. Know that you're not alone.

Girl Schmuck said...

I pray the parents to this young man come down on him hard enough to know he has done wrong and won't be doing it again. I pray this isn't blown off and he sees the inside of a jail cell in another five years.

Jaye said...

I love this post! Lol.r

Aubrey said...

Oh man, I laughed so hard reading this post and the previous post. Then I dragged my husband to the computer and read it to him. He also laughed. Seriously, you are like my twin in the universe and your husband sounds pretty similar to mine.

BeckyB.West said...

Hilarious! You had me laughing at "Sweet Valley High". Blast from the past! Your husband is working hard at making his case against the fitted work pants. I'm sure he still could have caught the hobbit had he been stylish.

Karen in NC said...

You had me at Sweet Valley High books.....then it just got better and better! LOL

Deputy's Wife said...

What in the heck does a teenager want with a scooter? Babygirl leaves her's outside and I'm not worried about anybody taking it, I mean, who wants a barbie scooter fit for a 6 year old!?

Life with Gemelos said...

You have GOT to be making this stuff up...your life is HILARIOUS (i'm laughing with you..not at you!). Thanks for keeping me laughing :)

FamilySpice said...

I'm not sure what part is funnier, the thief being the son of your husband's coworker or remembering those awful Sweet Valley High books!

KB said...

I am not sure which is funnier, the new wardrobe on hold karma or the Sweet Valley High refernece! ;)

Lulu26 said...

Hahaha! Sweet Valley High!!!!! I must have the whole series. And don't forget "The Babysitters Club"!
Your life is so action packed!

Sylvia Harris said...

Great story. Hope to hear more soon. I had a dad like that.

Holiday Programs for Kids in Singapore said...

that kid deserves it I guess

Holiday Programs for Kids in Singapore said...

This thing was fun, used to play it alot when I was still a kid

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Now, isn't that karma?!

mombaby said...

wow you have all have been wonderful mom and baby
which i can learn from you story

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Perlengkapan Bayi said...

I agree with a lot of what you're saying here but it could do with more detail. They stayed away in droves.

Brooke said...

What is with kids..why do they want to steal and what does a 16yo want with a scooter anyway. Isn't he to old for that type of toy?
Sure would love to have seen that boys face when his father got home and told him he had lunch with a certain someone. LOL

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Tim Austin said...

Man....kids stealing at this age? It's so sad, but I'm glad it all worked out for you at the end! His dad is definitely going to teach him a life lesson hahaha.

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