There's nothing more fun that watching your older children take an interest in the wellbeing of their younger siblings.
It's ESPECIALLY amusing when the one with the interest is the one who, while growing up, gave you the most grief, the most reason to worry, ended up being the one you threw out into the cold on Christmas night 2005 and since has become the prodigal son.
Witness this instant-message exchange between me and my second-born.
Drama King: Howre things in your neck o the universe?
Evil Mother: not too bad. busy but handleable
Drama King: Cool, cool. How's Roo-girl? Dating? Hehe
Evil Mother: *snort*
Drama King: Is she as emo as I was at 14?
Evil Mother: oh.my.gawd
Evil Mother: the DRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMA
Drama King: Is that a yes?
Evil Mother: yes. altho she denies the emo'ishness
Drama King: Is she giving me a run for my crown?
Evil Mother: she is giving you a run for the crown of moody hormonal drama queen :-P
Drama King: Hey, now. I am not a queen. Drama prince, perhaps. Or king, if you'd rather. Not queen.
Evil Mother: ah yes.
We interrupt this conversation to have a little internal monologue:
So ... does he KNOW about my blog? Unknown. Interesting that he should dub himself the Drama King ...
And how weird is this really to talk to the original emo boy about his hormonal sister?
Back to the conversation at hand:
Evil Mother: got any hints on dealing with a 14-year-olds who lock themselves in their rooms?
Drama King: Lots of ibuprofen
Drama King: Hehe
Evil Mother: more like lots of vodka
Drama King: That too
Evil Mother: i dont know how i lived through it before.
Evil Mother: killin' me now.
Drama King: What's Roo-girl's issue? Nobody likes her at school or something?
Evil Mother: boys
Evil Mother: girl likes boy. boy just isn't into girl. girl persists. boy shuts her down. girl cries a million tears.
Drama King: Hehehe
Drama King: Sorry... not funny
Evil Mother: but i'm not supposed to know. it's just that i have my sources.
Drama King: Your sources? What'd you do, bribe a girlfriend?
Evil Mother: no. i have my ways
Drama King: Mysteeeeeeerious
Evil Mother: yeeeeeesssssssssssssss
After all, protecting your sources is, like, the first rule of journalism, ya know?