"I Think Mom and Dad Are Going Crazy, Jerry" is a short story by Orson Scott Card. It appears in his short story collection Maps in a Mirror. Card originally published this story in the May 1979 issue of New Era magazine under the pseudonym Byron Walley.
This story is about a college freshman named Jerry and his family. Jerry’s parents are sick of paying for four cars and having their children use them irresponsibly so they decide to open their own “leasing company” and have their children pay to use them. When Jerry’s parents ask them to sign contracts the kids think that their parent’s have gone crazy. However as time goes by they discover that their parents are right and they learn to be more responsible.
- Jerry - main character
- Jerry’s Mom - unnamed
- Jerry’s Dad - unnamed
- Val - Jerry’s older sister
- Anne - Jerry’s younger sister
- Todd - Jerry’s brother
- Miriam - Jerry’s onetime date
In the Question and Answer section of his website Orson Scott Card
said that the first time he used the name Byron Walley was when he published the short story "Gert Fram
" in Ensign
magazine. Card did this because he had a non-fiction article “Family Art”, a poem “Looking West” and a short play "The Rag Mission" (published under the name Brian Green
) appearing in the same issue.