MY DAUGHTER...BUT NOT MY NEW LEXUS
A teenage boy walked over to his neighbor's house as his neighbor was washing and waxing the new Lexus he had just purchased. The boy had never seen such a beautiful and expensive car up close. With pride the neighbor showed the young man all the fancy gadgets and luxurious features of his new car and even allowed him to sit in the driver's seat.
After looking at the car for a few minutes the teen asked the man, "Do you think I could borrow this to go out on the town Saturday night? I'm a real good driver and I'll take good care of it."
At first the man thought the boy was joking, but when he realized the boy was serious about wanting to borrow his new Lexus, the man responded indignantly. "Are you crazy? Do you know how precious this car is to me? Do you realize how long I have had to work and save to be able to afford this car? It is brand new. It doesn't have a scratchon it and I intend to keep it that way. You are only 16 years old and I know how 16 year old boys are...I used to be one. You are much too inexperienced and immature for me to trust you with my new car. What could you possibly be thinking? What would give you the audacity to ask to use my new car to go out on the town Saturday night?"
The boy ducked his head and apologized, "I'm sorry Sir, I didn't know the car meant that much to you. Is it still alright if I take your daughter out on the town Saturday night?"
"Sure," the man replied. "Just be sure to have her home by midnight."
-By Wendell Ingram, father of two girls and one boy.