Monday, March 19, 2012

A Lapse in Moral Character

Remember all my bravado about what a character-builder it was for Jack to be riding around town in a used girls' bike.  (see post)


That didn't go so well when his father heard that a bunch of boys at the park had made fun of Jack and his purple pedals.  No amount of spray painting could disguise the fact that Jack's ride was originally designed for the softer sex.

In a moment of weakness (and courtesy of a going-out-of-business sale at a nearby Kmart), my husband talked me into this:

I am not proud that I have given into a bunch of schoolyard bullies who should be taught that picking on people is wrong.  Yet perhaps on rare occasion, I should try to accept the normal social conventions of the times.

But don't think for a second that I'll be giving up my laminating addiction.  Or the Little People.  Or playing Broadway musicals in the minivan for a bunch of 5-8 year old boys. 

That stuff is gold.


  1. This is what I will warn you about: when the first "real" song coming out of your four-year-old son's mouth starts with "Ooooooooh! Klahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains!"....I'm not saying he's odd, just that it took him longer than normal to get through college.

  2. I think you did the right thing. It's a nice bike and I am sure he loves it to boot!

  3. Purple! If it's a 60% blue purple it'd probably pass...Aren't humans funny?

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  5. That is a cool bike! I bet your son learned a lesson through it all and won't pick on any kids he sees with purple pedals. I want to ride in your van!

  6. Anonymous - Thanks, Joe (?)

    Kirby - Love it - and I'm fine with the 5 year plan.

    Crack You Whip - He does! I supposed I should be happy about that?

    Julie - Humans are funny. And stinky.

    MOV - I feel like I conquered the beast - but now I'm scared someone will drop me. ):

    Andrea - My minivan is your minivan. I'll even move some wrappers and empty plastic cups out of your way so you can sit down.