WARNING! EXPLICIT OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE!
A few days ago, David's parents awoke to find this word soaped on the downstairs bathroom mirror, in David's handwriting. FUCK, there it was. I hope that doesn't offend the sensibilities of our readers.
David's parents were appalled; and shocked, too. As his mother said to me, "It seemed so out of character." David is a child who likes to do things by the rules.
His father said,
"What were you thinking? You knew we'd see it."
David couldn't really answer this question. After much debate between the parents, David's father determined the punishment. David would have to write a three-page paper explaining:
a) why he had done it
b) why it was a bad thing to do
c) how sorry he was
d) why he would never do that -- or anything like it -- again.
David is eight. When he read the completed paper, David's father said:
"That's a keeper."
I haven't seen this paper -- I was over there tonight, but David's mother didn't want to look for it - she had hidden it, and said that if David knew they were saving it, he'd rip it up. The gist of a) was that "he just felt like" doing it. Do you think that's all there is to it? I kind of think there may be more to it than that (but maybe not, I really don't know).....the other night we were at a party -- David and I were probably about equally bored with the other guests and spent most of the time playing with each other. Towards the end of the evening, an adult said, in that fake high voice lots of adults use when they talk to children, that she hoped David had a merry christmas.
David looked up at her, smiling innocently, and said, in the same sort of fake cheery voice,
"I hope you don't."
She didn't react in any way -- I don't think she heard him. As he has said to me more than once, "They (meaning adults) don't listen."
WEll, they listened to the message on the mirror.