It’s a fact of life that children hide things from their parents. And parents sometimes strike back at their kids’ craftiness, which means the kids need to up the ante to keep getting away with the things they want to.
Enter journalist Peter Hartlaub.
Hartlaub’s son, it turns out, is kind of a sugar smuggling savant.
The most “Shawshank Redemption” story you’ll hear today:
My younger son tries to sneak sugar packets out of restaurants and eat them in the car. We’ve taken to checking his pockets, so he stuffed five of them in a hollowed-out breadstick. pic.twitter.com/F81jQuvW7g
— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) August 21, 2018
People were impressed.
Honestly, it’s so creative that I would have covered for him too. pic.twitter.com/UF5wHHaomK
— courtney (@CourtneySF) August 21, 2018
I wish my kid was this creative.
He sneaks fruit snacks when he's downstairs by himself and hides the wrappers in the couch cushions.
I finally told him “if you just threw them in the trash we'd never know but eventually we're going to find the ones you leave in the couch.”
— Pusha Turn (@paidchex) August 21, 2018
— lee livingston (@lee_livingston) August 21, 2018
Brilliant! Our father was a dentist & sugary snacks were hard to come by. My brother would eat a box of jello powder & stuff boxes between the winter coats in the closet.
— Chris Munro (@c_munro1) August 22, 2018
Others shared their own personal and parenting war stories.
my daughter had a small hole in the wall of her bedroom, when we went to get it fixed it was full of granola bar wrappers.. like.. FULL. She hid food trash in the wall.
— Lori (@lcleary1959) August 21, 2018
Used to sneak into the larder and steal glacé cherries, marzipan and raw jelly cubes.
Like the Shawshank kid I used to steal packs of brown sugar from cafs.
— MrsTwentyTom (@MrsTwentyTom) August 22, 2018
My then-6-yo-son was told he could only take one soft toy on holiday in his wheeled cabin suitcase. At the airport he insisted on carrying not wheeling it. Once we got past security we convinced him to get the handle out. 4 more soft toys smuggled in the gap with the handle.
— Netty H (@NettyH) August 23, 2018
But mostly, people made Shawshank Redemption references.
At the base of that cupboard, you'll find a breadstick that has no earthly business being in an Alameda kitchen …
— Dave Evans (@993_dave) August 21, 2018
— Ambrose O'Bryan (@0nest_abe) August 21, 2018
Salvation lies within
— Jeff (@j3effcSTP) August 21, 2018
— Jon Hamblen (@jhamblen) August 21, 2018
But there was still one nagging question about this whole story.
So are we just going to make Shawshank quotes and skip over the whole kid eating sugar packets thing? Yep I guess that’s what we’re doing here. pic.twitter.com/E6JVLkQ0yt
— Pat Dwyer (@Pat_Dwy3r) August 21, 2018
Yes. Yes, we are.