Jay: Hey Mom, do you know what you’re supposed to say if someone asks you to smoke?”
Me: What do you say?
Jay: You say no thank you.
Me: Exactly. That’s perfect. But what if they say, “Come on, just this one time. We’re all doing it.“
Ace *Jumping in on the convo*: Nope. It’s not good for you.
Me *Switching to role playing mode*: We just have one and we’re going to share it. Just take one pull.
Ace: No way. It will make you sick.
Jay: Yeah, and I don’t want to get sick.
Me: Wanna try this instead? It’s not a bad drug. It’s just weed. It’s natural. It’s a plant and my friend grew it.
Ace: No thank you. It will mess me up.
Me: Ok fine but here’s a can of beer just take a sip of that.
Ace: That’s for adults. It will make kids sick.
Me: One sip won’t make you sick. *Takes a sip of juice*. Look. It doesn’t do anything.
Ace: That’s alright. It may not make me sick now but it will make me sick later.
Jay: That’s not for kids. That’s for adults.
Ace: Yes and a doctor didn’t say you could have it.
Shaunie: Well, what if someone offers you a pill? One that they got from a doctor.
Ace: I’ll say oh no. That’s not meant for me. You can only take what’s meant for you.
Shaunie: But it’s from a doctor so it’s ok right? What if your friend says they take it all the time?
Ace: Yeah cause it’s made to treat whatever they have. If I take it and I don’t have that then it will make me get it.
Shaunie: Ahm, that’s not really how it works but you are right that you should never take someone else’s medicines.
Ace: Oh ok. Yeah. That’s what I was saying.
Me: You’re such a punk. Everyone does it.
Ace: That’s ok. I don’t want any.
Me *Back in Mom mode*: Well, good job guys. This is important stuff.
Ace *Looking very pleased with himself*: Yay! We got it all right.
Me: You did, but, this will be an ongoing conversation. This isn’t over.
[The conversation above has been recreated to the best of my ability 3 days after it happened.]