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Thanks for the Chips ‘n Salsa, James Earl Jones!

What’s not appealing about eating Chips ‘n Salsa at ten o’clock in the morning?

For those of you who do not have a son, it will be helpful for you if I preface this post by providing you with the knowledge that boys are hungryALWAYS – especially 13-year old growing boys who are heavily into sports. They eat several large meals a day. In fact, it’s not unusual for a boy of this age to eat seven tacos or four slices of pizza in one sitting, only to come back an hour later, looking for a snack. They keep eating, right up until they go to sleep at night, which is usually much too late. Then, they wake up hungry. I’m sorry, I  mean famished and they’re unable to function until they’ve had more food.

It’s a vicious cycle that lasts, I’m guessing, for about 6 or 7 years.

So what does a 13-year old boy do when his second class is a free-period, he and his buddy are STARVING and they peer into the window of an end-of-the-year, celebratory Spanish class filled with endless bowls of chips, salsa and other belly-filling delights? And, how fair is it that a third buddy of theirs should be sitting in this classroom enjoying those amazing eats when these two are forced to continue on to the cafeteria and pay for an unsavory, unidentified, slippery surprise?

It’s not fair and I’ve always encouraged my children to do something (if they can) about an injustice they come upon.

Enter, James Earl Jones!

It just so happens, that the son of long-time actor and recent recipient of an Honorary Academy Award, James Earl Jones, also went to the same school my son goes to, a few years back. As an active parent at the time and extremely generous person, Mr. Jones was instrumental in constructing a state-of-the-art theater for the school, complete with all the technological bells and whistles needed to put on some seriously, kick-ass productions. The theater of course is appropriately named, the James Earl Jones Theater. Mr. Jones has also been known to return to the school over the years to speak, help raise money and participate in special performances. Recently, he donated a highly coveted, much sought after, Darth Vader mask from one of his Star Wars movies that was auctioned off at an annual, school fundraiser.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had an actual James Earl Jones sighting myself, since my son started attending this school three years ago. Anyone who goes to this school however, quickly catches on to his significant association with the school.

Back to being famished.

N-O-A-H                                                                                                                                                            I am here to F-E-E-D you!

I am your ticket to FREE food!

My son is a smart kid and apparently a quick thinker, when he’s hungry. We live in modern times where note passing is out and (even though phones are not supposed to be in the classroom) text-ing is in. From the hallway, he sent the third buddy who was inside the classroom with the food, the following text message:

Dude, you know that James Earl Jones guy who built the theater? He’s in there now, meeting everyone!

Wait for it...

Nothing — until about 10-seconds later, when my son said the classroom door flung open and the entire class lead by buddy number three and followed by the Spanish teacher herself, frantically raced out in a sprint toward the theater and in such excitement, they didn’t even notice Thing One and Thing Two standing in the hallway as they passed.

Yes, they were standing there, with wide-open, jaw-dropping mouths in complete awe and disbelief of what they’d just done.


Well, kind of.

Obviously, this mom is in full-disclosure of the details of this week’s shenanigans and while I agree this was indeed a disruptive occurrence spearheaded by my son’s hunger actions and while I never had the nerve to do such a thing in 8th grade or any other grade for that matter, I’ve always had the greatest respect for kids who did.

So, with regard to my son’s quick thinking and leadership abilities in this instance, let’s just say I’m not exactly angry or upset. What’s life after-all, without a little levity, especially at the end of a graduating school year?

And who doesn’t appreciate a good, old-fashioned, playful prank that’s clever, doesn’t hurt anyone and gets you a handful of Chips ‘n Salsa to boot! Well done boys!

Have you played a good prank lately or know someone who has?

  1. Nicole
    June 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Go Noah!!!!


    • June 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Hey Nicole, thanks for reading & commenting. Hope to see you soon!


  2. June 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Yes, Noah is pretty clever. BTW – I have a 13 year old daughter who always has her head in the fridge. She says it’s because she’s growing, but I don’t see it.


    • June 10, 2012 at 7:49 am

      I can see the beginnings of it w/ my 11-year old girl, too Karl. I see her headed onto the same path of eating me out of house & home! Thanks for reading & commenting!


  3. June 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    “Surch your feelings Karen. You KNOW he gets this from his mother. You KNOW this to be true.” (My Darth Vader impersonation) I love it. Because chips and salsa ARE a staple of life; a basic necessity! They are even dinner some times at our house…good thing I’m in the snack business. Or maybe ‘because’ I’m in the snack business. Texting is OK in their classroom? I predict this will not be the last time he surprises you like this, especially if he gets some ‘props’. But you are right, its not stealing, it doesn’t hurt anybody, teenage shenanigans.


    • June 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Like I said, Andy, I never had the nerve (the desire of course but sadly not the nerve) Okay, I admit it, I’m a little proud! Ha, Ha! And I agree, Chips ‘n Salsa should be a staple in everyone’s diet. Text-ing is NOT okay in the classroom but neither was passing notes, remember? Kids they will be kids. I think your prediction is an accurate one and again I agree, as long as no one gets hurt. Great to “see” you again. Thanks so much for reading & commenting!


  4. June 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Not onnly are teenaged boys ALWAYS hungry, they must have some special dispensation from the “stomach gods” because they seem to be able to eat anything. I remember the many ttimes I walked into the kitchen when my own teenaged boys were in residence and discovered them snacking on some unrecognizable item that had survived refridgerator cleaning by hiding in the way back only to be discovered and devoured by my two insaitable and digestively unassailable boys. “What is that?” I’d ask. “I don’t know, it was in the fridge so it’s okay to eat, right?” would be the reply. I guess it was because they never seemed to become ill from their foraging.


  5. June 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Ha, ha, “baby-girl” — you’re right! Boys do have some special dispensation from the “stomach gods”. I am always in awe of what & how much this boy can eat! Thanks so much for reading & commenting!


  6. Kasey MacInnes
    June 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Oh, wow, I totally needed this laugh tonight, Karen! I’m picturing in full color the ENTIRE class, teacher and all, scrambling out the door to see Mr. Vader, himself! OMG! Riot, total riot! I have to ask, did the boys get in any trouble, or was the principal also of like mind and light heart to be okay with this little bit of a prank? I NEVER did anything like this either, dear Lord, I wouldn’t even talk in class, LOL. But, I agree-super creative and worthy of praise in its own right! 😉 XOXO-SWM


    • June 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Noah said he was shocked when the classroom door opened & everyone ran. He did not expect it to work & the two boys were stunned when it did. (That’s my favorite part) There was an initial “search” for them when the group returned & the had a word or two with them but ultimately, it was taken in a light-hearted manner. It’s pretty small progressive school so there is a little room to “express yourself”. Ha, Ha! Thanks for reading & commenting Kasey! xoxox

      P.S. I just saw your post. Was wondering if I missed it again! Haven’t read it yet but can’t wait. The pics look great!!


  7. June 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

    LOL! That was quick thinking!


    • June 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Yes, quick thinking. It’s good to know all that $$$ being spent on education is paying off! 🙂


  8. June 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    THat’s hysterical! And AWESOME! Ha!hahahah!


    • June 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      I thought so too, Breida! 🙂


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