Why I’m NEVER Having Kids

Why I’m NEVER Having Kids #28: “Watch It, Old Man…”

May 17, 2008 · 1 Comment

I wish I was making up the story I’m about to tell you, but it’s a GREAT example of the kind of crap I don’t feel like dealing with when it comes to kids…

While I was out eating with my friends yesterday, a party of 14 people - 6 of them kids – sat next to our table.  The waiter had gone around and taken food orders from 12 of the people, and was waiting on the remaining two to come back from the bathroom – an old man, and a younger kid, who looked to be about 3 or 4 years old.

Upon returning from the bathroom, the old man and the young kid sat down in their seats.  The old man proceeds to tell the waiter that he’d like… well, something – I couldn’t really hear him too well, but he ordered his food, and the waiter proceeded to ask the young kid what he wanted to eat.

The kid started stuttering: “I want the… the fries and… fries… I want the fries, and…”

The old man, who must have thought the kid hadn’t fully looked at the kids’ menu, picked it up and started reading the choices off to him:

“Let’s see: they have pizza and fries, kids’ steak and fries, buttered noodles…”

The kid interupts the old man:

“Grand-daaaad! I was going to say I wanted the fries and the chicken fingers!”

The old man looks up at the waiter:

“He’ll have the chicken fingers and fries, then.”

As the waiter is writing down the order, the younger kid looks up to his grandfather, and – in the most loving way possible – says to him:

“You’d better watch it, old man – I’ll punch you and knock those glasses off your face!!”

OMG, you’ve GOT to be kidding me!!

I nearly burst out laughing at my table, but didn’t want the party to overhear me.  At the same time, though, I thought to myself…

“Is anybody going to disipline this kid for SAYING that in the first place?!?”

Kids need to be put in their place when they talk to an adult in a way that is out of manner, and it sucks when parents allow their kids to treat older people any way they see fit.  What sucks even worse, though, is that kids do this from time to time to see how close to the line they can edge without getting in trouble for it.

The fact that this kid was able to say this and not be repremanded by ANYONE speaks VOLUMES about what he’s able to get away with at home.  But I understand – it must be tiring for a parent to have to disipline a child over and over for the constantly stupid things they do.

Lucky for me, I won’t have to DEAL with it because I’m NEVER having kids!

-A.P. Taylor

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  • Kathy // May 17, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Holy cow!!

    See, this is exactly why you *do* need to have kids — you wouldn’t put up with this kind of behavior if you were to join the ranks of parents, and this society needs all the good parents we can get!!

    Yikes!

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