A Mother’s Intuition

I’ve reached the age where my mom and I can laugh about my teenage hijinks. I can never sneak much past her but, every now and again, I get to tell her a story from my high school days that she somehow managed to not find out about. I wasn’t necessarily a bad kid but I definitely took certain liberties when I could. Every teenager tells those little lies, right?

Mom, of course his parents are here!

What do you mean my curfew was 10? You said 11!

It didn’t always work but sometimes I managed to slip one past her. Actually, she probably just let me win, now that I think about it.

I always thought she had cameras in the house to spy on me but she was really just that good. I’d have a few friends over while my parents were out of town. Nothing big; certainly not like the parties you see in the movies. Just a few friends in an empty house. Afterwards, I’d always clean it from top to bottom, take out the empty beer cans, and clean out the ashtrays. Golden, right? Wrong. I remember one time the toilet seat was left up in one of the bathrooms. My dad knows better. I couldn’t think up a lie fast enough. One time I broke a wine glass. I cleaned it up but she managed to find a piece of glass the size of a pencil eraser on the floor. I told you she was good.

I never learned my lesson either. Every chance I could, I would try to get one past my mom. It was almost a game; a game I rarely won.

Key word: rarely

To this day, my mom still asks me about the ‘sandy fridge’ incident. I honestly couldn’t remember what happened for a while. I mean, it has been [redacted] number of years since it occurred. However, for whatever reason, it dawned on me this week:

My parents have a beach house in North Myrtle Beach where we spent most of our summers during my teenage years. One of my girlfriends would always join me and we’d bake under the sun all day and then try to get into as much trouble as possible at night. One evening, my friend Rachael convinced me that we should sneak out and go drinking down at the beach. I’d done a lot of things by then, but sneaking out wasn’t one of them. Carpe Diem, though, am I right? We grabbed some beer we’d hidden and made our way outside and down to the beach. The night went by in a blur. We drank and had fun. Eventually, we made our way back to the house, sneaked back in the way we came, and placed the remaining beer in the bottom of the fridge.

In the haze of the next morning, I remembered the beer and panicked. We quickly got rid of the evidence just as my mom came down to check on us. As we made our beds, her shadow suddenly loomed over me in the doorway.

“Why is there sand in the fridge?”

I froze. The events of the prior evening raced through my head as I dug to find a logical excuse.

“Uhhhhh… We’re at the beach, Mom. There’s sand everywhere.”

I continued to make the bed, refusing to meet her infamous glare. She knew something was amiss. But she wouldn’t get the story from me. Well, until now.

Then again, she probably knew all along.


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25 thoughts on “A Mother’s Intuition

  1. I love your sand story! I always thought my parents had cameras, too. Not because they were that good, but because they were that scary. I guess they didn’t but my mom sure knew a lot of the things I had thought I had hidden. How do they DO that? I guess I’ll find out when my son reaches that age, though I think I’d rather remain blissfully unaware.

  2. Moms always know, except after they leave for college. My 17yo is such a bad liar, it was always so obvious. I’ll bet your mom gets a kick out of this story now!

  3. Great post that spurred a lot of memories! My mom always tells me (30 years or so later now) that she doesn’t want to know what really happened back then. She is appalled to think of everything we pulled on her. I’m kind of sorry I’m not sorry.

    1. Hah! My mom doesn’t really like to know either but it cracks me up to tell her; mainly because I’m so excited I actually know something she doesn’t!

  4. This sandy fridge story is awesome. But honestly this isn’t bad. This is expected teenage behavior. I never did this kind of stuff. I was waaay worse: I broke the sister code and ratted her out when she threw a party. I’m evil!

  5. When I worked for the CIA I was always too busy to worry about what kind of mischief the kids were up to. My wife wasn’t though, and she had access to some of my equipment. Kids are devious.

  6. I used to practice my lies in advance. I’d rehearse, I’d test possible scenarios for plausibility. I’d try to come up with every question my mother could ask so that I’d never be caught off guard. She said she always knew I was lying. I’m still pretty sure she didn’t. Great story, Arden!

  7. oh funny! We used to have ragers when my parents left. We totally cleaned the house spotless and I mean SPOTLESS before they would come home. One time the curtain was moved/pushed to the side a SMIDGE. She busted us on that. lol Maybe she was in cahoots with your mother.

  8. Haha! Sand in a fridge is a very curious thing. Makes you wonder if your mom was so good at knowing when something was up because she was a hell raiser when she was young, too.


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