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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Can I Tell You a Secret?

I’m not a nice person.
At least not to misbehaving children.  I’m sorry, I just don’t like them.  Not all kids, just those who are utter brats.  And their parents.  When did it become unfashionable to make sure one’s child behaves properly in public?  Perhaps when parents became friends?  Humph.  Parents should grow up and provide proper discipline.  Not discipline in the sense of lackadaisacal guidance in which the parent merely makes suggestions for the children to choose to follow or ignore.  I’m talking about the real-deal, down-home you’re-gonna-behave-or-you’ll-get-it-when-we-get-home sort of discipline.  The type causes a child to shake in his shoes at the mere thought.  Sorry, that’s just how I am.
I’m also the type of person to scare a random child into settling down if need be.  Trust me.  I did it today, thus the title of this post.  In fact, I scared a little girl right out of her seat.  She ran to her mommy, but she didn’t bother me at all for the remainder of the day, either.  Now, I know it may seem extreme to attempt to discipline other people’s children, but this girl was a completely obnoxious little brat.  I don’t know, she may have been six years old.  We were in the sanctuary of a church, at a regional church event, and she chose to play fight with friends, toss her hair around in my direction, walk all over the pews, and even STAND on the back of the pew.  Excuse me?  When is it acceptable to stand on a pew in a church?  We may be Pentacostal, we may whoop and holler and dance and squawk, but we DO NOT disrespect God’s house in that manner.  Perhaps she was truly raised in a barn.  Oh, and the adult who should have been minding her?  She wasn’t doing a darn thing about it.  Nothing.  Ignoring the whole mess.  Now, it’s not like she didn’t see what was going on.  It’s not like she didn’t notice that this hellion was behaving in the manner in which she was.  Oh, no.  The woman saw what was going on and DID. NOT. DO. ANYTHING. AT ALL!  What in the world?  Since when are adults afraid to discipline?  Especially when a child is being so unruly?  So, I turned to the girl, leaned into her in fact, and whispered,
“Can I tell you a secret?  I’m not a nice person.”

Problem solved.
Originally posted on Mrs. Hull’s Musings on March 28, 2009.


  1. LOVE it!!! I think w/parents NOT disciplining children it's merely telling them that they can do whatever they want and not pay any consequences. Thus, you get the disrespectful, back talking teenagers and the selfish, egotistical adults we see today. I agree with not being a nice person. Totally!

    I have seven nieces and one nephew who are grown now. I have five great nephews and three great nieces. NONE of them would even DARE to act out, back talk, or disrespect any adults at any time. Why? Because they know that "they will get it" then and there AND when they get home. Not to say that any of these kids are angels by any means, but you would never catch them running on church pews.

    Like my Dad always told us when we were growing up, "That butt isn't there just for sitting."

  2. I love your dad's saying. I'll have to remember that one!


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