Red Flag

As parents, certain phrases that our children utter should be warnings to us.  We should always have an active ear trained on them, listening for these phrases, even when they’re in another room.  These phrases can be subtle or obvious, can require interpretation or may be clear as day.

Hearing a “red flag” phrase will cause most parents to spring into action, generally averting a catastrophe that might have resulted in anything from a black eye to global economic collapse.

Abby uttered one of these phrases while I was making breakfast.

“You want it around your neck, Kate?”

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