I like a good laugh. I really do. Many may not believe that because I am Captain Serious in my household and work, but I do like to laugh. I play little pranks at work. I prank my daughter. I’ve never successfully pranked my husband, but I’ve tried. I like to laugh at funny memes, jokes, etc. And, sometimes adults and kids just do funny things and you have to take it at face value and laugh. You have to laugh at the irrational moments.
But, then comes along those that can suck the funny out of an innocent situation.
Case and Point:
On Sunday, Mom took Munchkin to the local dog park with Pup-Pup. There is a fun new online group that is painting rocks and hiding them for people to find. We’ve found some really cool ones! I’ve seen people from all walks of life get into this and it is fun following online. Well, Munchkin found a rock IN the dog park and brought it home. She laid it on the kitchen table with our food. She proceeded to tell hubby where she got it and he completely overreacted. It was cartoon comical. Truly. It was. I couldn’t stop laughing. He yells, “DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY DOGS COULD HAVE PEED ON THIS ROCK????” and then fired it out the kitchen door. Bye, bye rock.
Just the look on his face, the way his voice stressed the words, his irrational reaction—it was just plain funny. It’s like he could see the germs jumping off that rock and onto his steak. Come on people, it was steak and shrimp night! You do not mess with steak and shrimp night.
So, I thought it was funny and posted it to the online group that we were down one purple sparkly rock because my husband wigged out. Well, you can only guess what happened next.
First, I had those that thought it was just as funny as I did. Thank you, people. Thank. You. You saw how funny this really was. You saw this was not life or death. You just saw the humor.
I then had those who felt sorry for my daughter and said it was sad. Ummm…WHY? How in any reality is this sad for my child? Does this impact her physical, social, emotional or psychological well-being? NO. Does this scar her for life that her father threw a purple sparkly rock out the kitchen door? NO. So, I do not get the sadness. But, if for some reason it does leave her impaired, I have good insurance. I will get her a good therapist that she can tell all about the time the purple rock got hurled out the door. I just hope it does not impact her college chances.
Then, there were those who took me to task because I was supposedly concerned about pee being on rocks and “What happened to the good old days where kids could eat dirt, oil, play in the polluted streams and it made men out of them?” Ummm…my child gets plenty dirty. I used to catch her licking trees for goodness sakes. She plays in the mud constantly. My husband had an irrational moment and saw a peed on rock next to his steak. It was funny. It does not say anything about our parenting and it certainly doesn’t say we are raising a “pansy” as the one commenter noted. Oh the sexism and gendered norms present in that comment, but I will not get too sociological.
And then, there were those that were angry because we were down one sparkly purple rock that won’t have a picture online. I have no words. Did I mention we were painting and hiding ROCKS?
If I had known Sunday night that sharing with the group something I found funny with the rocks was going to cause such backlash, I would have kept my trap shut. I didn’t realize this business of painting rocks and hiding them in parks was such intense business. Since I was looking for something a little more lighthearted, I guess I will need to leave this group. It’s even too much for Captain Serious. 🙂