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So I found out that my kid rickrolled the school cafeteria for two entire lunch periods the other day.

If you’re not familiar with the term rickroll, it’s when someone sends you a link and you click on it, but instead of being taken to where you thought you were going, you end up here, with the 80s song, Never Gonna Give You Up, by Rick Astley, stuck in your head for days. It also means ambushing unsuspecting people with this song. Killian does this to me all the time while I’m driving. He sneaks the earbud of his mp3 player into my ear and plays songs that I hate, because it amuses him.

Okay, back to Killian and his friend Justin. The high school just installed one of those digital jukeboxes in the lunch room, which seems like an exercise in excess to me, but whatever. Justin decided to play some All That Remains, but before he could punch it in, Killian entered Never Gonna Give You Up.

Then they got an idea. An awful idea. The boys got a wonderfully awful idea.

They pooled their money (more than five bucks) and cued up the song over and over and over. Apparently songs cost fifty cents on this jukebox. However, if you put in seventy-five cents per song, that song supersedes any other song played. So of course, that’s what they did.

The first time the song played, they got some weird looks. The second time it played, there were outright glares and a lot of WTFs. The third time it played, people were shoving quarter after quarter into the machine to no avail. That song played seven times and they managed to rickroll about 66% of the 4000+ students and staff.

I laughed so hard when they told me what they did. I never would have had the guts to do that in high school, but I love that they do. I’m not sure what it is, but my kids never worry about what people are going to think or if they’re going to be judged when they’re being silly or dorky. They just are who they are. I was talking to a friend about that the other day. Her kids are the same way. They just have so much more self confidence than we ever did at that age. I really admire that about them.

Sigh…after writing this post, I have that damn song stuck in my head. I blame Killian and Justin.

0 thoughts on “The One I Have

  1. I love, love, love this!

    I talk to my little sister about this all the time. She teaches high school and tells me about the dorky things her kids do. It's sooooo different from the “gotta fit in” mentality we had in high school. I find it refreshing and wonderful.

    And I find your son wonderful too.

  2. That makes me giggle. Tell them well done! What's next?

  3. OMG! Brilliant! And you're right, Margaret; I've noticed my kids don't have the 'gotta fit in' mentality either. Where DID this confidence to 'be themselves' come from? They certainly didn't get it from ME!

  4. LOL!

    They'll go down in their yearbooks as “Brothers most likely to revive 80's pop music and rebury it all in the same day.”


  5. Oh, duh – not brothers! Friends*

    I guess I still have that story about your sister in my head – LOL


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