If another adult “disciplines” your kid, the right response is embarassment — you are raising a little fucker who did something wrong. Just apologize and then shut your mouth.
Save your frustration for when you get home and confront the little bastard.
No sane adult goes out of their way to give shit to a stranger’s child.
I’m not talking about adults assaulting children or pedophiles or racists…. I’m talking about how your kid interacts in polite society — and kids should be free to test out their world and move as much as their maturity will allow. Some recent studies are attributing part of the current mental health crisis to all of this overprotective parenting.
“Free kids” are going to run into adults who are going to set them straight. Some of those adults will be completely fucking wrong, and a few may be out of their minds. Your kids should treat them the way we treat all people who act crazy — just walk away. But parents should know most of the time, that adult is right — your kid fucked up.
What happened to “it takes a village”? When did these goddamn douchebag parents acquire the “right” to get all butt-hurt because you told their insipid offspring to stop screaming in your ear.
If you ever feel like saying: “You can’t talk to my kid that way,” suppress that feeling. Cram it into the dark and scary place where you hide all your stupid instincts that would land you in jail — or a duel.
I was reminded of this when I was still able to play tennis at the Third World Club. There were 6 or 7 grown men. Some playing, some drinking. I was just heckling.
There’s 32 courts, almost all of them were empty. These 3 pre-teen, barefoot boys in bathing suits wondered over from the pool. Out of 30+ open courts, they walked to the court exactly next to ours and started throwing old wet tennis balls and sticks into the fence, just a few feet from our heads.
Clearly they were bored and trying to entertain themselves by harassing us. My friends said a few words, and it got worse. “You shut up and go somewhere else,” the biggest of the kids said. I popped off the bench and started a Frankenstein stalk.
“Ohh don’t do that,” these other suppossed men said. “You are going to get into trouble.”
Fuck that. Those kids started running. I kept stalking and sort of talking.
“Hey, who the hell do you think you are? Where are your parents. I want to meet your parents right now.”
One finally stopped and turned toward me. The other two ran like the cowards they are. It was tough to be clear through the clenched teeth.
“We are grown-ass men. You want to talk to us that way? I will treat you like an adult and kick your ass….” Point finger and step forward. “You DO NOT talk to us that way.”
“Yes sir,” he said. Well that surprised the shit out of me. I was expecting more smart-assiness. We were about 20-feet apart — neither of us was anxious to close that gap.
“That’s right,” I said. “You have 30 courts to pick from — pick one far away. You got it.”
“Yes sir,” he said.
You know that false feeling like you won something? I was full of it.
“We’ve never seen you move that fast,” my so-called friends said. We all briefly celebrated our rightful role as men — leaders among boys.
20 minutes later a high pitched voice called from 100-feet across the club.
“Goodbye… Goodbye.” It had the mocking tone of a 12-year-old who needs to learn how to leave others alone. I could see the shadow of half-drunk parents fleeing the bar and trying to reel the kid toward the car.
I didn’t pop up and Frankenstein stalk that smart ass. I crammed down that instinct to the deep dark place I hide all my bullshit that’s just not worth pursuing… it didn’t work the first time; why try it again?
But if I had followed that kid out to the parking lot, his parents should apologize. When they get home, they should remind their precious child that harassing adults is a good way to get your “ass kicked” (emotionally).
If this seems familiar, I published this rant in 2019. Now seemed like a good time to remind us all that summer is coming, and a few lucky kids may be “free”… act accordingly.
Categories: Political Correctness, Tales of Tucson, Tennis teams -- Pendejos
That’s exactly right! Hey, I’m still waiting on your bullshit about the EU family vacation in New Zealand. That should be gold. 👍🏻
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I must have wiped my memory of family vacation in New Zealand…
I’m sure you know the story. Should ask Carolyn about the young boy she saved from losing an eye walking towards the ball machine, then the cops, three of them came!! Last summer Friday night BBQ. Was the worst case of stupid parents blaming someone else for their lack of training or supervision.
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Didn’t remember the story… Did the cops come to talk to Carolyn or the parents?