At least you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your love ones.
........Me asked: is Child 2 home?
Wifey: He stopped by for 5 mins, and gotta go.
Me: I see. Did he take my BMW?
Wifey: He said your car has better gas milage than his Cherokee.
Yeah, I remember my kid at 14 coming home and asked what I would do if he got an earring.
He was not quite prepared for my answer"
"I'd cover my ears", I said.
"You would WHAT?", came the response. "Why?"
Looking him directly in the eye, in a calm and natural voice, I told him, "Because I wouldn't want to hear your yelling and screaming as I RIPPED IT OUT WITH A PAIR OF PLIERS."
Said son understood from that moment on, don't fool with the old man. He wasn't quite sure if I meant it or not.
Either was I
Oh, and no way in anything you think may involve eternal damnation would my kids DARED take my vehicle without express permission.
That just calls out for all sorts of real and substantive sanctions... unbelievable.