When I was a teenager, I used to get into all kinds of trouble.
Well, I should tell you that all of my shenanigans stopped whenever my dad realized how much I love my window unit air conditioning system in my bedroom.
As soon as he started taking my little A/C unit away as punishment, I really started trying to behave more and do the right thing almost all the time. For me, it seemed like there was really nothing worth losing my air conditioning system for! We lived down in the southern part of the country where the temperatures get really hot during the summer. Since my bedroom was upstairs, it was always hotter up there than in the rest of the house anyway. When my window unit air conditioning wasn’t in my room because my dad took it away from me, the whole upstairs felt hot and stuffy. I hate being in a room without A/C whenever the temperatures outside are really hot like they are in the summer. Well, my dad knew this about me and he made it very clear that if I didn’t clean up my act and start behaving correctly that I would not be getting my air conditioning system back in my room. I always thought that my dad was just being really mean to me, but now that I’m older, I can see that this was just good parenting. I mean, he took away the currency that really mattered to me, which was my air conditioning unit. I wanted my A/C back so much that I really straightened up!