If you’ve never heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, you may want to go read about it to better understand what is happening here. Rod and I were tested, and we failed miserably. On the other hand, we developed wicked skills (skilz) when it comes to using our ingenuity, the right tools, and stealth in ways that could have served our unexplored career in any of the following fields:

  • Burglary
  • Brain surgery
  • Wrapping-paper reuse specialist

For context, our house had only two floors … “upstairs” which included Kris’ room, Mom and Dad’s room, kitchen, dining room, living room … and “downstairs” which included the room that Rod and I slept in and the family room. Since the family room is where the TV and Christmas tree were kept, we had ample opportunity to abuse the trust of our parents by …

  • Watching “Three’s Company” and “Saturday Night Live” (both of which were forbidden)
  • Opening and rewrapping our presents long before Christmas morning.
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