I think I was ten years old, riding double, on the back of my best friend's bike, when I thought it would be a good idea to cover his eyes.
"Do you think you should do that?" Bob (probably) asked since he was steering the bike.
We were just cresting a small hill by the Methodist Church near Round Meadow Elementary School. Bob with his eyes covered missed the path on the down slope, we hit a tree, then hit the steep side of the hill and then hit the street. Bob broke his front tooth, bad. I thought it was a good idea at the time, two friends on a bike being daredevils.
When his parents asked me why I thought it was a good idea I told them I was checking to see if Bob had a radar sense. The second time I tested his radar sense we crashed and Bob ruptured his spleen against the upturned handle bars.
"Do you think you should do that?" My dad asked me as I set out to change the spark plugs on my 1976 Ford Granada. I was 19 and it was my first car. I don't think he asked me because he thought I could not do it. I think he asked me because he knew that I could not do it.
"How difficult could it be?" I replied. "I don't have the money for a real tune up." I thought it was a good idea at the time, saving money and learning about cars.
It took me 6 hours, a phone call to get the car towed and something like $200 dollars for the mechanic to fix my mistakes.
"Do you think you should do that?" is a rhetorical question that my wife asks me from time to time. "Do you think you should do that, putting that red shirt in with the whites?" "Do you think you should do that, feeding the boys Skittles and Slurpees right before bed?" "Do you think you should do that, drinking all that vodka, you have an early morning?"
The other day I thought it was a good idea to try to cut the kids' hair. We have clippers, why not use them right? How difficult could it be? I would save us money, time and aggravation.
Lauren came out onto the porch in mid cut and asked "Do you think you should do that?"
It was too late.
Besides he is incredibly handsome no matter how foolish his father is.