Is honesty always the best policy? I like to think that it is, but now I’m in a lot of trouble with my neighbors.
It all started a couple weeks ago, when I let my son have a sleepover party to celebrate the end of the school year.
A handful of his pals from school brought sleeping bags over for a night under the stars. I built a bonfire in the spacious backyard, and gave them a cooler of snacks and drinks. As the night went on, I snuck around the side of the house to smoke some cannabis. I assumed the smell of the bonfire would eclipse the cannabis smoke and that the kids wouldn’t notice. That was my mistake, because instantly the kids smelled the cannabis smoke and came looking for me. I had a choice to make – lie to them, or tell the truth. I explained that I was smoking a plant called marijuana, which a lot of people enjoy but some people think is wrong. Although none of the kids knew what marijuana was, they all recognized the smell, which is what got me in trouble. One of the kids said “my mommy smells like that, does she smoke marijuana?” And then another one did, and it turned out that most of the kids had parents who smoked cannabis secretly. Of course kids being kids when they went back home the next day they all snitched on me for smoking cannabis, and said they knew their parents got stoned, too. Now all of the local pothead parents are mad at me.