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Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Special" Brownie Recipe


A father of some teenage children had the family rule that they could not attend PG-13, R or X rated movies. His three teens wanted to see a particular popular movie that was playing at local theaters. It was rated PG-13. The teens interviewed friends and even some members of their family's church to find out what was offensive in the movie. The teens made a list of pros and cons about the movie to use to convince their dad that they should be allowed to see it.

The cons were:
-It contained ONLY 3 swear words!
-The ONLY violence was a building exploding (and you see that on TV all the time they said),
-You actually did not 'see' the couple in the movie having sex, it was just implied sex, off camera.

The pros were:
-It was a popular movie, (a blockbuster).
-Everyone was seeing it.
-If the teens saw the movie then they would not feel left out when their friends discussed it.
-The movie contained a good story and plot.
-It had some great adventure and suspense in it.
-There were some fantastic special effects in this movie.
-The movie's stars were some of the most talented actors in Hollywood
-It probably would be nominated for several awards.
-Many members of their Christian church, including the pastor, had even seen the movie and said it wasn't really 'that bad'.

Therefore, since there were more pros than cons the teens asked their father to reconsider his position on just this ONE movie and let them have permission to go see it. The father looked at the list and thought for a few minutes. He said he could tell his children had spent some time and thought on this request. He asked if he could have a day to think about it before making his decisionThe teens were thrilled, thinking, 'Now we've got him! Our argument is too good! Dad can't turn us down!' So, they happily agreed to let him have a day to think about their request.
The next evening the Father called his three teenagers, who were smiling smugly, into the living room. There on the coffee table he had a plate of brownies. The teens were puzzled. The father told his children he had thought about their request and had decided that if they would eat the brownies, then he would let them go to the movie. But, he explained, just like the movie, the brownies had pros and cons.

The pros were:
-They were made with the finest chocolate and other good ingredients.
-They had the added special effect of yummy walnuts in them.
-The brownies were moist and fresh with wonderful chocolate frosting on top.
-He had made these fantastic brownies using an award-winning recipe.
-And best of all, the brownies had been made lovingly by the hand of their own father.

The cons were: He had included a little bit of a special ingredient: The brownies contained just a small amount of dog poop. But he had mixed the dough well and they probably would not even be able to taste the dog poop and he had baked it at 350 degrees so hopefully any bacteria or germs from the dog poop had probably been destroyed. Therefore, if any of his children could stand to eat the brownies which included just a 'little bit of crap' and not be affected by it, then he knew they would also be able to see the movie with 'just a little bit of smut' and not be affected. Of course, none of the teens would eat the brownies and the smug smiles had left their faces.Now when his teenagers ask permission to do something he KNOWS THEY SHOULDN'T BE DOING the father just asks, 'Would you like me to whip up a batch of my special brownies?


mother of seven said...

PAM!!!!! This is Jodi!!!!We still have not gotten our boys together.. Call me when you can:)

The Wacky Waltons said...

Sounds good. Glad you came on my new blog!