Freudian Slips: Mischief Night

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Life takes us many places. It's a box of chocolates and a Hansel and Gretal trail of candy wrappers. I have filmed as an actor in The Happening, Invincible, The Lovely Bones, The Bounty Hunter, The Greek American, Bazookas, Limitless, TV's Its Always Sunny in Philly, Outlaw, New York, The Warrior, The Nail, Game Change, Cold Case, & commercial work includes The Philadelphia Eagles, Septa, Coors, Turbo Tax & Carnival Cruises. Freudian Slips spotlights irony in short story format.

October 31, 2004

Mischief Night

Famously convincing his mother that he needed to guard the house, my stepson Jimmy wormed his way outdoors on Mischief night. Never mind that I could hear and see everything while working in the library, the front room in our house. At ten years old, I remember feeding my own mother the same malarkey. Jimmy disappeared from sight for a few minutes and I wondered whether our little rascal was up to no good. The four rolls of missing toilet paper from the downstairs bathroom should have given his intentions away.
A little while later into the night, Jimmy entered the library, where I sat working at the computer. Jimmy was out of breath but he clearly had something else to get off of his chest.
“Joe, I committed my first act of mischief.” Jimmy said in a confessional tone.
I looked up from the computer monitor. He had my undivided attention now. “You did?” I said invitingly.
Never one to keep a secret unless he coughed up serious money as collateral, Jimmy blabbed. “Yeah, te-he, I toilet papered our neighbor so and so’s house.”
I sighed. “You mean to tell me, a few days prior to the election, you littered the house of the man who may be New Jersey’s next Congressman? Not a smart first criminal act, my son.”
“Only if he wins and I got caught would it be a stupid move.”
Not the mind of a career criminal but I think we will keep him inside next Mischief night.



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