Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Is Your Brood Shod?
One thing I can't stand is seeing kids running around without shoes at the park.
Their feet are bare simply because their Moronic parents can't bring themselves to enforce a modicum of discipline; they can't say *NO*. We may be in the Greater Depression but footwear still remains within the parameters of family budgeting. The poor steal sneakers anyway - Air Jordans and whatnot.
So it's not really the unshod brats at risk of splinters, hookworm, and *dirty feet* that chafe me....it's their jelly-spined, malpracticing parents. People who can't scold or deny their kids are altering the trajectory of their futures - and setting themselves up for a lifetime of personal guilt.
There's one local *mom* whom I see at the local community center. They have toys and whatnot there. She has a 3 year old boy who always runs over to the costumes and dons a purple dress. He wears it there for hours on end because *mom* can't get it off him without a fight. The rest of us all shake our collective heads at this spectacle which says so much more about the parent than the incipient Tinkerbell.
Just imagine what's going to be running through that mother's head when her son is 35 and still unattached. She'll no doubt be kicking herself for letting him prance around in that dress!
UPDATE - Follow-up post here.