Cruel and Unusual Punishment AKA Kids ~ Outside the Margins with William Cooper

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Young kids have never been my thing. They’re loud, they’re energetic, and they’re dirty. At least with teenagers you can smack them upside the head when they’re being dumb. (Just ask Munchkin.)

And yet, for some reason, I decided to spend my summer out in Texas helping Brandi catch Pokémon and take care of the kids, all of which were under the age of 9. Yes, you may all start pitching in for my psych eval now.

It was definitely an interesting summer. For someone who isn’t a morning person, kids are the bane of your existence. If I slept in until 7:30am, I was lucky. Most mornings it was around 7 when Boy Child would come jump on me to wake me up. Then there was the morning when I was awoken at six by Boy Child being dropped on me and barely hearing the words “deal with this” before Brandi disappeared to get the other two kids ready for camp.

So, yeah. Kids are the spawns of Satan. Cute, cuddly spawns, but spawns nonetheless.


But, really, how can you not just laugh at a boy dressed as a hotdog? It totally makes the early morning wakeup calls worth it.

I’m pretty sure the youngest thinks I’m Satan himself, but that’s another story. Boy Child adores me enough for everyone. The eldest quite enjoyed having someone else to play Minecraft with and supply them with Japanese snacks, too. So two out of three isn’t a bad approval rating.


So I spent the summer coming up with science experiments, dealing with tantrums, and getting cuddles. And you know what? I can’t wait to go back. (And no, I’m not just saying that because Boy Child will hunt me down if I don’t return soon.)


~William Cooper

About William Cooper

William Cooper has been writing and reading since he was little. In 2010 he took the first step toward publishing a book and hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s two men who met in college or brothers who have been in love their entire life, William loves to tell their story for everyone to read.

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