Wednesday, September 28, 2011
As the girl started telling the joke it was getting more and more offensive. I shot a glare over to the coach that clearly said, "you should stop her..." and the very young coach didn't do anything. When the joke was over a few of the kids laughed. The coach gasped, and put her hand to her mouth in embarrassment, clearly not knowing how to handle the situation.
The girl (who I later learned was a 4th grader) said, "What? It's just a joke that my uncle told me!"
I don't think Maddie was paying attention to the girl (she was about 12 feet away and doing something else), but there were about 15 children in the room who did hear the joke. I was the only parent in the room, and I felt like I needed to say something.
So, I did.
While I don't recall my exact words, my tone was serious but calm. I said something along the lines of "that was inappropriate and unkind. Do not make fun of another group of people simply because they are from a different country or a different race. It was especially inappropriate of you because there are much younger children in the room. That was not funny, and it wasn't okay for your uncle to say that."
After I finished, the girl hung her head, the room was quiet, and we walked out. I then started to worry about possible repercussions for Madison. This girl is clearly older and commands the attention of everyone else. Maddie is with this girl every single day after school. I questioned whether or not I should have said anything ONLY because of that.
At the same time, I am proud that I was able to take a real life situation and model for Madison (and all the other children in the room) how you can stand up for other people, and why it was unacceptable for the girl to tell this "joke." I'm pretty sure Maddie understands, but am still worried about how that girl will treat her in the future.
When we got home, I told Zak what happened, and we discussed it with Maddie.
I think I would have regretted being silent. BUT I wonder if I would have had the same reaction if it was a group of teenagers or adults.
What would you do in a similar situation? (Maybe I was on hidden camera on that show with John Quinones?!)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Sometimes I notice that I can't capture very good photos of the girls when they're playing. Obviously, this is due to my poor photography skills and not the fact that my children are growing up so darn fast that I can't even get a still picture.
Sometimes I feel like the best I can do is remember blurred shots of their lives moving by too fast. They're happy kids.
Madison and Brooke,
May you always take the slides and roller coasters in life with your hands lifted high and smiles on your faces. My hope for you both is that your hearts are full of joy as you enjoy this ride we call life.
I love you,
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Maddie lost her first tooth just after she turned five, and I thought that was very early. Brooke has been begging for a loose tooth after watching Maddie rake in the dough after 9 lost teeth in less than two years.*
At Sunday dinner, Brooke complained that she couldn't eat her cantaloupe because it was too difficult to bite it. After watching her wiggle it all day, I knew it was almost ready. Zak was thoroughly Willied out by this all happening at the dinner table. I actually love wiggling my kids teeth!
Being the professional tooth loser that she is, Maddie decided she was going to help Brooke get it out. Maddie first was just wiggling it for Brooke, then decided that she needed better traction on her grip, and got a piece of paper towel. I was actually surprised that Brooke let Madison do this, and it shows how much trust and love she has for her big sister.
After Madison took two turns at trying to pull it, it was literally just hanging there. While I wished the lighting was better, I am so glad I caught this on video.**
My baby's first tooth fell out!!!!
*I just discovered I have written THIRTY TWO blog posts about teeth. I should go to dental school.
**Pay no attention to our messy post-dinner kitchen!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thanks for stopping by to see us, Terry!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
This girl has a light of her own, and I'm gonna let her shine.
Love u, Brookie.
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Thursday, September 01, 2011
If you have any details for me about this mixer, especially the actual date of manufacture, please leave it in my comments.