A thoughtless little pig

April 26, 2007 at 3:47 pm (brats)

Call your kids stupid if you want. Go on, you know you want to.
Ok, calm down, that’s what the writer of a piece on Salon.com wrote this week. I know it’s terribly un-PC to like this article but, hell, it’s funny.
The writer basically says Alec Baldwin wasn’t such a dimwit for calling his daughter a “thoughtless, rude little pig”. All parents should be able to call their kids something like that sometimes. Hothead parents, she calls them.
Why can’t we call our kids names, she asks? Well, because it’s not polite, I guess. But, seriously, didn’t your mom or dad ever say something like, “Jissie, kyk nou vir Stupid”, when you did something incredibly dumb.
The author, Heather Havrilesky, reckons we’re creating a bunch of pansies by cuddling our kids too much. I say, right on sister. Nothing ever happened to my sister or me when our parents said something like that when we were younger (although I’m pretty sure they didn’t call us little pigs). And we’re fine. I hope.
Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids that I find it funny. Or maybe I’m just, well, a thoughtless little pig…

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Flying high

April 5, 2007 at 6:35 am (brats, check-in service)

I hate airports. I really, really hate airports. It’s one of those places that just brings out the worst in people. Nagging kids, ratty faced tourists who don’t understand the concept of please and thank you, moms trying to placate their brats by spoiling them even more (hello, am I the only one who thinks this is a dumb thing to do?!) and surly airport staff who think they’re mini-gods there to provoke and infuriate you.
Fortunately there are airport staff who try to be helpful. They haul you out of your queue (we were moving up quite nicely thank you) to use the self check-in service because “it’s so much quicker ma’am”.
So there you go thinking how lucky you are to jump ahead of all the suckers in the queue only to get there, have the machine say you’re already checked in, and have the nice lady say tell you there seems to be a problem with the machine and you need to stand in the queue…

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