I want my environment to be a product of me...
Today is the boy's b-day. He turns two. So, it seemed fitting to my wife to have 3 birthday parties. One each day over the weekend. Friends tonight, family tomorrow, more family on Sunday. I asked her why all weekend? She said, its Jake's B-day. I'll have a party everyday if I want. Its my baby boy! (GOOD CHRIST!)
This bothers the shit out of me. Really, I see this type of stuff everyday. Johhny this, Betty that.. blah blah blah... We celebrate mediocrity by having sports leagues where every single participant "wins". Everyone gets a trophy. Birthdays last weeks, a simple weekly test where the student might have received a A gets a million stickers, and praise from the School administration.
I might sound like a sour asshole right now, but it is what it is. For that, I get labeled as mean, and not having any compassion by friends and family. Praise is good, but I think they get more out of discipline than they ever would out of over celebrating, or too much praise. And no. You are not getting lunch at Burger King because you got and A on your math test. But I will take you to Best Buy when you bring your report card home for the whole year and show me first honors in everything. See where I'm getting at?
"Justin is taking Latin!" was part of a conversation I had with a good friend just the other day. "hes really good at it!". Justin is 2. He was proud as all hell to let that one out as well. So, to be a good conversationalist, I asked "why?". He said I was the first one to ask that question, and thought the answer was pretty obvious. I explained that I thought it was pretty obvious to me that Justin was taking latin because he wanted to TELL everyone that his son was taking latin. He called me a dope, and I asked him seriously, why? He said studies show that subjecting children to the bock bock bock bock bock B"GAWK!!!
I said, listen man, when Justin can annunciate more than 25% of the words in the english language, then maybe latin may be a good thing. Until then, let the goddamn kid grow up. In 4 years, the kid is going to be inundated with a schedule that will include sports events, school, extra curricular activities, and other things that will keep him busier than most working adults. And thats at the age of 6. Let him enjoy his time now. And for whatever reason YOU have him taking latin, just tone it down.
BAH, to each his own I guess...
Numb asked me on BDR the other night my top 10 movies. I gave them but they weren't even close to my top 10. SO I have to set the record straight:
A Few Good Men
Outlaw Josey Wales
A River Runs Through It