Thursday, March 15, 2007

One Smart Cookie

I included a message in a post yesterday telling kids and teens not to smoke. Of course I had no way to know if any kids or teens would be reading that message any time soon.

I figure it's my blog and I'll just write whatever I want. If somebody gets healthier or smarter as a result, good for them, even if I may never know about it.

So my eight year old brought in some homework that needed adult checking and approval, and sees on my screen the headline Quitting Smoking Makes You Smarter.

He has been very supportive of my quitting smoking, he's a good egg. I've told him about smoking and he knows what a tough thing it has been for me to stop doing it. although it's difficult to explain addiction to a kid his age without destroying his innocence, I like to think I'm managing to do just that.

I didn't want him to fall asleep reading the long version, so I shortened it up for him. You know what I got back?

"Man Dad, you really were stupid when you were smoking. Good thing you quit."

Huge internal smile. I think he gets it.

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Anonymous English Nutter said...

I came by to wish you well with your quit and give you a big pat on the back. I'm a relapsed quitter, trying to find my way back to being an ex-smoker, so I know exactly how difficult it is. Good for you, keep it up. :)

March 15, 2007 at 10:47:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous drseuss said...

Kids are something else-- innocent, blunt honesty (most of the time). I'm sure if my 5 year old understood more about smoking and that I'd quit, he'd say the same. Good for you though Chris - you're doing great with this quit!


March 15, 2007 at 3:00:00 PM EDT  

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