Friday, November 21, 2008

Say Hello To My Little Friend

Ok, the last thing I want is for this to become a freakin' kiddie blog--but I can't resist ranting about this.

Plus the only thing on my needles right now is a test knit, and a knit Santa hat that said kiddie requested I make for him.

Nothing really all that exciting or bloggable (the test knit is exciting, but I'm not sure if it's bloggable!)

Anyway--onto my rant.

What the hell is up with parents????

I go to pick up Chunky from Aftercare (Squash bless the YMCA!) and as he's getting his coat on, little Donnie Doofus comes running up to him, pantomimes shooting a machine gun and says "Say hello to my little friend!" and laughs.


Chunky gives him this "What the hell are you talking about?" look and continues to get his backpack ready to leave.

Donnie Doofus continues to do his schtick and when Chunky doesn't join in laughing or showing any inkling of what this kid is talking about he asks:

"Haven't you seen that movie Chunky? I've seen that movie!"

Chunky: "Ahhhh, no."

Donnie Doofus: "You know! 'Say hello to my little friend!'" (and he pretends to shoot the machine gun again).

Chunky: "Yeah ok, whatever Donnie."

Holy mother of Fatzah! I asked Chunky in the car what grade Donnie Doofus was in (the Aftercare program is for first through sixth graders). Donnie Doofus is in the same grade--first.

Who in the HELL would let their first grader (or younger--because who knows how young this kid was when he saw it) watch Scarface?!?!?!?

I'll admit, I'm no saint. I let Chunky watch what some parents might think is questionable--like Futurama (as long as he doesn't repeat the bad words Fry and Bender say!) but Scarface? Along with the gratuitous violence isn't that the movie where the word "fuck" is uttered 182 times????

Cut to today at 11:00 a.m.-ish when the receptionist buzzes me with "your son's school" on the line.

Aw crap. If you're a working mom, you'll immediately identify with the feeling panic and anticipation "The Call" invokes before you pick up the phone.

Ends up it was the school nurse (aw crap!) calling me to inform me that Chunky has been punched in the face by a kid we shall call Peter Punkass.

According to the nurse it didn't hurt Chunky--Peter Punkass clocked him in the cheek and didn't cause any swelling or hurt teeth--but he did leave a red mark and she had him ice it for a bit.

Then she put Chunky on the phone with me. Apparently all the first grade classes were getting together to watch a movie and Peter Punkass (not in his class) sat down next to him and asked him if he wanted a demonstration of how hard he could punch.

Before Chunky could respond, that's when Peter Punkass gave him a knuckle sandwich.

Peter Punkass is also a dumbass because he did this right as his teacher was walking up.

According to the nurse Peter Punkass was in the principal's office (and Chunky later informed me Peter didn't get to watch the movie). She couldn't believe how Chunky didn't even cry when Peter punched him (he's always been a tough kid--his toddler months mastering the art of walking were spent smashing his head on the coffee table with nary a tear shed) and how kind he was in speaking of this kid.

The only thing bad he had to say about Peter Punkass was how he didn't really like playing with him at recess, because along with being a Punkass, he's also a kickball hog.

I told Chunky on the way home how proud I was of him not punching that kid back.

What did Sarte say? Hell is other people?

I think when you're a parent they saying is hell is other people's kids!

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Blogger T. Budnik said...

Bah! It's always someone else's kid. Makes me glad I'm out of school. Sounds like Chunky is ahead of his peers on many levels!


8:20 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Scarface?? Seriously, Scarface?? My half-wit parents let us watch Rated R movies from the time we were like 5, no lie, but even they didn't let us watch Scarface!!
Chunky deserves a cookie or two for not decking that kid.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Plumfan said...

Interesting about the Scarface bit. I teach 1-5 graders and one of my first graders also quoted the movie, with sound effects, just this week. I had the same appalled reaction.

Not surprisingly the kid is another Peter Punkass.

I just don't get parents.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous joymama said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Chunky getting punched.

I hope Punkass gota good talking to about that and some other consequence.

I'm really sorry that Doofuas kid has parents or older kids letting him watch such violent movies.

Hope Chunky is ok and feels better soon.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I was always surprised (and appalled) when I would go to the Halloween parade at the elementary school and some kindergartners would be Freddy Kruger. How did they know who he was? I let my kids read and watch lots of things when they were little that maybe they should have waited for but even I had standards.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

When my oldest was in second grade, there was a kid in his class who wanted to be his friend. But the kid felt no one else should be my son's friend. To the point where, one day at lunch, the kid tried to strangle another kid. The fingerprints on the other kid's neck lasted for hours. And the parents felt that somehow their son wasn't to blame. Ummm...

9:42 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You're a helluva lot more calm than me when it comes to other parent's kids. Last month, a girl in Piper's class pushed her hard in the schoolyard, on purpose! Pi ended up scarping both knees and hands pretty badly. Pi told me she didn't push back, but went to the teacher instead. My immediate reaction was "why didn't you push her back? Because if you had she'd never bully you again." Pi is alot less confrontational than I was as a kid. Then again, I was the one with the mother who showed up in ripped jeans and sneakers to beat up another mom because her kid was making fun of my glasses. :)

9:52 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I love Chunky.

And part of can't wait for the day someone kicks Peter Punkass's ass.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Geesh!! Glad he's ok!

10:01 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Seriously?! I haven't even seen Scarface (stop laughing).

Glad Chunky is okay!

1:14 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Well, this is where I differ from most parents and more specifically moms, had that been my kid that got punched, i would expect my kid to wail into Peter Punkass, but like I said, I am different than most moms about that type of shit.

Oh, I loved the picture of your cat :)

Double Oh, about little kids watching violent/just plain nasty movies, many, many parents do not give a shit. TV is their babysitter.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Chunky is a good kid :)
I've never seen Scarface and don't need to. the teenager watches stuff like that but he's also a laidback type. But a first grader? I don't think so. I'm not one of those parents whose kids think they are friends with, I'm the No Mom.

7:00 AM  
Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

Scarface is too violent for ME to watch, let alone a 1st grader!!!

You're raising a great man in the making. Chunky in 2040!!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Sorry to hear Chunky got punched in the face - that is horrible.

We finally let Willow watch the second Harry Potter movie last night after much wheedling on her part - I can't imagine Scarface. That being said 10 years ago when Andrew and I went to see Gladiator, there was a couple with two little girls - maybe 3 and 5, sitting on their laps throughout the movie.

8:43 AM  
Blogger LilKnitter said...

Scarface. Whoa. The Man and I are already discussing which dvds will have to be stored away from little eyes in the coming years. We're even, *gulp*, counting my beloved Buffy in that score!
I think the most violent thing I was allowed to watch as a young child was Magnum P.I. :)

10:55 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Not that I'm saying a first grader should be allowed to watch scarface (and they totally shouldn't), but perhaps the kid saw that line/gun motion in something else? The cartoons always rip off something from adult movies and make it more kid appropriate. Shrug. Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.

Chunky deserves a whole barrel full of cookies for not punching that kid back.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hummmmmm....I am GLAD that Chunky is OK. But little kids wathcing "Scarface" and punching others???? Has me mind boogled!!! There is enough violence in this world without having the movies depict it. Kids need to be kids not gun toting movie copiers. I don't watch movies like that and I am NOT a kid!!! Good for Chunky for holding his temper! I am very proud to call him my Grandson!! Love, Mom

11:07 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm totally with you on the stuff some kids are allowed to watch. It boggles my mind.

Unfortunately, my younger son is turning into a bit of a playground bully lately, and I'm not exactly sure why or how to handle it. I'm not used to being the mother of the bully. My first has always been on the receiving end of bullying. I need a punishment or "consequence" that really reaches him at his core, so he can feel the empathy and understand that it's wrong. It's not about self-justification or getting caught, or the teachers picking on him. He's just being a shithead, and I'm appalled. Right now, all I'm getting is blustering and attitude. I want to see shame and contrition and remorse.

Stay tuned.

12:43 PM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

OMG! Chunky is a class above....what a great kid you have. The others could learn a lot! Lots of hugs to him,

1:49 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

The nicknames for the kids are too funny, LOL! Letting a 5 year old watch Scarface???? Years ago my husband and I went to some R rated horror movie, and there was a young mom there with a little girl, about 3 or 4. An usher came and in made her leave. The poor kid would have ended up with nightmares sitting through a gory horror movie. You're really got to wonder about some parents' judgement.

And Peter Punkass sounds like he's well on his way to juvenile hall down the line, LOL! The little brat down the street who kept harrassing and threatening my daughter all summer moved about a month ago (hooray!). The landlord put a "for rent" sign in their yard in the summer, and they kept taking it down, it went back up, and then finally they moved. I suspect the landlord put them out - no wonder - the parents were about as ignorant as the girl.

2:50 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Dude, *I* couldn't even make it through Scarface.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Mag said...

Scarface, violent games and online porn are perfectly fine if one is a lazy parent. I've even heard the online porn justified as healthy sex education. Naturally, since I am not a parent, my opinion doesn't count. I still have one though.;-)

I am glad Chunky was not hurt, physically. Jaws are nothing to screw with.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Holy crap! I didn't recognize the reference because Scarface was too violent and graphic for me! I watched Reservoir dogs through slitted eyes. And closed eyes for much of it. A 6 year old Were the parents smoking crack?

2:05 PM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

L'enfer, c'est les autres.

Tell Chunk to ask Punkass Dumbass if he's ever had a Hertz Donut.

R and I have been debating at what age we can show our kids Goodfellas.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Good for Chunky! True strength is always mildly puzzled by macho posturing.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Some people should not have children.

Poor Chunky.....that sucks but what a great job you are doing because he didn't knock the little s*&$s block off.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

wow, and I thought Phineas and Ferb were a bit risque for my guys.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

So, am I a shitty parent for telling my kids, "If they hit you hard enough, you punch them right back?" I'm proud of Chunky for not even crying. VERY proud. :D

Listen here, I'm from Crooklyn. My kids gotsta know how to defend themselves. LOL

8:50 AM  

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