I have devoted the past
nineteen years of my life to a
single social experiment,
testing how high the level of stress
inflicted on an individual human must be,
before said individual snaps.
My studies had nearly concluded
with my reaching the point
of no return, when
I came upon a crossroad
that threatened to bring me
to my knees…the crossroad was the
natural end of the experiment…
its conclusion: when spawn depart.
Their imminent departure from home,
with their destinations being random
institutions of higher learning, was
devastating…or perhaps not.
I have concluded that
the reason parents
survive this separation
with a semblance of sanity is
that teenagers behave badly.
This behavior is a selfless one,
in the interest of your preservation.
They unconsciously seek
to calm the riot of emotions
bubbling just under your surface.
They do what is necessary
to make their imminent
departure not only tolerable for you,
but highly desirable as well,
by behaving badly.
and then change the locks.
April 26, 2016, Daily One Word Prompt: Crossroad~ <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/crossroads/”>Crossroads</a>