Brownies Make The Difference
Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why
music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them
to bring into the home or to listen to or see.
One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to
refute. The dad listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a
particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was
seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13
because of the suggestion of sex--they never really showed it. The
language was pretty good--the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the whole
The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and
a bunch of
people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't
too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were
fabulous and the plot was action packed.
However, even with all the justifications the teens made
for the 13'
rating, the dad still wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a
satisfactory explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No!"
A little later on that evening the
dad asked his teens
if they would like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the family's
favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it was.
The dad calmly replied that he had added dog poop.
quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were
gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the
precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would
Even with their dad's promise that the brownies were of
almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The dad acted surprised.
After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was
certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held firm and would not try the
The dad then told his children how the movie they wanted
to see was
just like the brownies. The movie industry would have you believe just a
little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop
makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and
The dad went on to explain that even though the movie
industry would have us believe that most of today's movies are acceptable fare for adults
and youth, they are not.
Now, when this dad's children want to see something that
questionable material, the dad merely asks them if they would like some of his special
dog poop brownies. That closes the subject.