A Leti Production
When your now sixteen year-old son, Phil, was born you and your spouse were told it would be unlikely that you all would have any more children. You were very happy when, seven years later, Pete, who is now nine, was born. As an infant and toddler, Pete had some ongoing health issues but he is fine now. However, admittedly, you and your spouse do tend to coddle Pete more than you did Phil.
Phil just got his driver's license and you allow him to use the spare vehicle. Phil has agreed to be responsible to pick Pete up from school since it is on his way home from his school. This does save you some time in the afternoon.
Today Phil calls you and says he has been waiting outside of Pete's school for a while. Phil says most of the students have gone and he even went inside to Pete's classroom but Pete is nowhere to be found. Phil says he has tried calling Pete's cell (a basic flip phone but you have no land line) but he gets no answer. Phil is concerned for his brother but he also has an interview for a part time job and Phil says if he waits much longer he will be late for the interview. You tell Phil to go on to the interview and you will deal with Pete.
You try Pete's cell too and get no answer. You work from home and so you are able to leave to go look for your youngest son. You happen to find Pete and a friend walking along the sidewalk near to your house. You pull over and collect Pete and, once he is in the car, you ask why he didn't wait on Phil. You also ask why he did not answer his phone. Pete says his friend, who lives "sorta close" to your house, was walking home and asked Pete to walk with him. Pete says his phone got taken up at school because he had it out in class and "oh yeah, you got to go get it from Mrs. Watson tomorrow." You take Pete home.
Phil calls you as soon as he gets out of the interview (the job looks promising) and you tell him Pete is fine and is home and explain what happened. When Phil gets home he finds Pete in the kitchen working on homework and somewhat jokingly says to his brother, "You're sitting really easy for a kid who just got his butt spanked." That is when Pete tells Phil that you did not spank him but only talked to him about it. Phil gets upset because not only was he worried and almost late for the interview but when Phil was ten he did something very similar and you spanked him for it.
Phil finds you in your office and immediately starts telling you how unfair you are. An argument happens. Phil doesn't exactly start yelling at you but he is loud and raises his voice and he also uses a couple of choice words to describe how upset he is. This does not set well with you and so you tell Phil he is grounded for the week and ask for his keys. You tell Phil that you will take care of collecting Pete but he is not to drive for a week. Phil throws his keys at you and storms off.
Phil is quiet and sullen at dinner. After dinner, Phil gets a call and he got the job. Phil comes to you and he does apologize for his tone and language but does explain that you are being very unfair to him and to Pete. Phil tells you he got the job and "unless you want to drive me to and from work then we need to figure out this being grounded thing."
How do you respond to Phil?
Do you change your mind about Pete?