Parents always mean well. Even that time when your dad winced at your so-tight-you-had-to-lay-down-on-the-bed-to-zip-them-up jeans and said, "Honey, you look like 10 pounds of shit in a 5-pound bag," he wasn't being callous, he was offering "guidance."
In fact, disapproving comments about the length of your skirt, the height of your bangs, the loudness of your music or the smirking blue-haired dude honking in the driveway all fall under the banner of parental guidance.
Squeezed right between Mother's Day and Father's Day, this month's Story Story Night will offer parents and children a chance to tell their tales of growth and humiliation on Monday, May 30. The evening's theme is Parental Guidance: Stories of (Mis)Direction from Mom and Dad, and will showcase featured storytellers Emma Arnold, who "employs an unconventional parenting tactic with her not-so-brave son"; John McKetta, who "after years of contrary parental grooming, comes out straight"; and Jenah Thornborrow, who "embodies the spirit of her father abroad then at home."
After the featured storytellers perform, the floor will open up to audience members to throw their names in the hat and let loose their five-minute tales about the 'rents. The winner of the audience story slam will walk away with a prize from Rediscovered Bookshop and Boise Guest House.
Here's a golden nugget of guidance: Get there early if you want to get in. Seriously. The show sells out almost every time.