Sunday, April 18, 2010


The other day, I took Son over to his friend A.J.'s house. As I was driving back, I got caught by the elementary school bus disgorging about 20 primary grade kids on a corner in that housing development. Of course, since the kids were tiny, I stopped and waited for the herd to thin out before proceeding. It seems that parents no longer teach their children to look both ways before crossing the street.

Once most of the kids were out of the road, I looked to make sure I had a clear path, and wouldn't you know it, two kids were standing right in the middle of my lane. They didn't look like they were going anywhere, so I started inching my car forward hoping that they would see me and get out of the way.

Finally, one of the kids scampered over to the sidewalk. The other kid, probably seven years old, stepped a bit more toward the center of the road, giving me about a foot clearance to go past him without going up on the curb. I inched past him, and as I passed him, he did the angry rapper pose.

I stopped the car and gave the kid the over-the-glasses glare for a second, then I rolled down my window.

The kid immediately looked contrite and plaintively said, "Sowwy."

I used my calmest Mr. Rogers voice to tell him, "Be sure you get up on the sidewalk so cars don't hit you."

Seriously, what the hell are parents teaching their kids?


Sheila Sultani said...

Elementary school kids are not exactly the smartest kids on the block. Once they are old enough to be on a road alone they head into the age of not wanting to do what they are told. Cocky little boogers. I ALWAYS use the mom threat - "Does your mom know you're standing in the middle of the road?" I've got two boys at this wonderful age right now.

GDad said...

Sheila, welcome!

I agree. Each stage of a kid's development is a wonderful gift. Sort of like Pandora's Box.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.

Dave said...

Yesterday, mad about my GPS being stolen - near the soccer field! - I was rolling out the parking lot and this little one went flying across the road. Couldn't have been more than 4 and not a parent in sight. Both events pretty surprising.

Dave said...

ps, brilliant art