From: kmacinty on 10/10/2001
A father of some
teenage children had the family rule that
they could not attend
PG-13 or R 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 teens made a list
of pros and cons about the movie to
use to convince their
dad that they should be allowed to
The con's were:
ONLY 3 swear words
*The ONLY violence
was a building exploding
(and you see
that on TV all the time they said),
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).
*If the teens
saw the movie then they would not feel
left out when
their friends discussed it.
contained a good story and plot.
*It had some
great adventure and suspense in it.
some fantastic special effects in this movie.
stars were some of the most talented
actos in Hollywood.
would be nominated for several awards.
*Many of the
members of their Christian church had even
seen the movie
and said it wasn't "very bad."
They then said that,
since there were more pros than cons
the teens said they
were asking their father to reconsider
his position on just
this ONE movie and let them have
permission to go
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 decision.
The 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 one of
these 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:
made with the finest chocolate and other
*They had the
added special effect of yummy walnuts in them.
were moist and fresh with wonderful
frosting on top.
*He had made
these fantastic brownies using an
*And best of
all, the brownies had been made lovingly
by the hand
of their own father.
The brownies only
had one con:
*He had included
a little bit of a special ingredient.
also contained just a little bit of dog
But he had mixed the dough well and they
not even be able to taste the dog poop
and he had
baked it at 350 degrees so any bacteria or
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.
Only Dad was smiling
smugly as they left the room.
Now when his teenagers
ask permission to do something
he is opposed to
the father just asks, "Would you like
me to whip up a batch
of my special brownies?"