Writing Can Be Murder

April 9, 2007

Lazy parents and printer problems

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 3:01 pm

 First I want to say that there are some good parents out there. Last week I was amazed by the stellar behavior of a 5 yr old boy and his 3 yr old sister. They were at a party where they were the only kids. I observed them from 4 in the afternoon until 9:30 at night.  Neither one threw a single temper tantrum. The boy said “please” and “thank you” every time he wanted anything WITHOUT any prompting. Mom and/or Dad were vigilant and kept them occupied or at least kept an eye on them the whole time. I repeatedly told them how impressed I was by their kids.

I say that because I yelled at a couple of kids in the food store today.

Just let me say that those stupid sneakers with the built-in wheels should be outlawed (or at the very least they should be used to beat idiot parents about the head!). These two boys, probably 10 and 12 were racing around the store, getting in the way, etc. The third time they headed towards me I shoved my cart in front of them so that they had to screech to a halt and I said in the same tone I berate my dog, “Stop it! You’re in a store! Behave!”

And their mother said…. and this was a classic… she said, “See!”

And being the always polite person I am, I said, “I see a mother who’s too lazy to do her job.”

The other shoppers gaped and gawked and generally looked appalled.  Better to let the kids run wild, run over some poor old lady or crash into a display, right?  Or better yet, maybe they can roll right out to the parking lot and get themselves run over.

What really bugs me is that this bad behavior (LAZY parents and unruly kids) is now the acceptable norm.

To round out my day: 

 My printer has suddenly stopped working.  A piece of paper gets jammed, but the printer says that it’s out of paper. I take the jammed sheet out and the printer says it’s jammed. I’ve turned it off, unplugged it and tried all of the manufacturer’s troubleshooting suggestions — nothing works. I’ve beaten the heck out of this poor machine for about 4 years, maybe it’s time to get another. Any suggestions?

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2 Comments »

  1. I ran into one of those lazy, braindead parents today – wish y ou’d been with me. We had just arrived at the walkway along Niagara Falls where the spray from the falls make gorgeous sheets of icicles along all the railings that border the walkway. While I was trying to take a picture of these amazing formations, some kids were running along the walkway smashing all the icicles. When my son told the boy to stop, his mother had the gall to yell at MY son, for telling her son to stop destroying the natural beauty of the ice formations. If I’d had a barrel handy, I would have happily sent the nitwit for a ride. The most we could do was say, “It’s a shame when people can’t be bothered to teach their children right from wrong.”

    As for the printer – yikes. Sorry. Whenever I’ve had this problem it’s usually turned out to be a microscopic sliver of paper stick somewhere in the rollers. I’m not above picking around inside my printer with sharp metal objects. I’m certain my destiny is to be electricuted one of these days.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — April 11, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  2. That’s terrible! BUT you should be proud of your son.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — April 12, 2007 @ 10:09 am


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