Friday, March 20, 2009

I told off the mother, too

Today, I asked a boy who looked to be about 8 or 9 years old if it made him feel like a big man to bully a 3-year-old. He looked me square in the eye and said, without a trace of irony, "yes".


k^squared said...

so kids act like this in beautiful places too? ... not just the ghetto? what did the mother say? I bet she was a b$t@h.

Kerry said...

She was standing 10 feet away the whole time just watching it happen. After I talked to the kid I turned to her and asked how she could just watch and let it go on. She came over to grab the kid and mumbled something as she walked past me, it might have been "sorry" but it was in more of an "okay, okay, just drop it" kind of way. I tried three times to tell her what the kid said - because if my kid had said something like that, I'd sure as hell want to know - and she kept on trying to brush past me. I put out my hand to stop her and she walked right into it (Brian was upset with me for this part, said it would be considered assault in a court of law - I never intended to actually touch her) and I finally got her to listen to what I had to say. I picked Brandon up and carried him a little ways away and I thought I heard her saying something to him about how "he's only three!" - as if it would have been okay to be a jerk to him if he had been, say, four. WTF?

I'm pretty sure they were locals. I think that's why she was pretty keen on not making a scene - we were at the Hale Koa, which is technically open to the public, but there was a crowd of military people and a Lieutenant in uniform standing right next to me - I think she knew better than to provoke a military person in a military setting. I guess military kids are a different story - brat-baiting is okay, I guess.

Hawaii is, for the most part, the ghetto. There, I said it.

Mother Hoodwink said...

Ugh, good for you though. I always have a problem reprimanding stangers' kids.