Just gave B's friend a lift home.
No he was not at my house.
No he did not ask me for a lift.
He was skateboarding in the park eight blocks away.
And it's dark.
A little rainy.
No bus pass.
There is a cheesy quote going around that says something like you should listen to your kids when they are small and tell you little things so that when they are big they tell you the big things.
I am hoping the same principle applies to lifts.
I give my kids and their friends rides as much as I can.
I want them to get into the habit of calling me when they need a ride.
I want them to know I will go and get them any time, no questions asked.
I am hoping that giving little lifts when they are small will cause them to ask me for more important lifts when they get bigger.
Sometimes it's better to suffer through a small complaint now (driving all over creation) to avoid a much larger complaint (my kid is in the hospital) later.
This is not a sure thing, I agree.
But I am comfortable gambling on my minuscule complaint because the potential for grave complaint avoidance is so big.
Hope this doesn't mean I will spend the rest of my life driving people to the airport.