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It's nice to have a place I can express my feelings on the world :) 11-17-2004 - 12:56 PM
Why do some people think that the rules don't apply to them, or their kids? First of all, I know that there are exceptions to every rule, like no dogs in restaurants - the exception being service dogs. Exceptions like that make sense.

How about people on airplanes? Each person is allowed one carry on bag and it has to be no larger than a certain size. They even have a template you can put your bag in and see if it fits; if it doesn't you're supposed to check it. Now an exception to that rule could be someone who has to have something with them at all times like an oxygen tank. But the person who has a suitcase that they want to bring on with them and gets upset when they're told they can't, throws an absolute fit over it - why do they think they're better or more special than everyone else?

What brought this train of thought up today: last week on the news there was a short piece about a girl in California who was suspended from school for turning a cartwheel on the playground. My first reaction was that's a bit much isn't it? I kind of shook my head thinking it was overkill, like a small child who takes a squirt gun to school and is suspended because of a zero tolerance for weapons.

Well, on Saturday this 14 y/o girl, her parents, and the principal of the school were on the "Today" show. Now the rest of the story comes out. This girl has been warned repeatedly, has served multiple detentions, and the parents have been sent paper notices and emails explaining why unsupervised gymnastics could not be allowed. She was not only doing gymnastics on the playground but also in the halls of the school. The day she was suspended she thought she was out of sight of the playground supervisors.

Her parents kept insisting she was a wonderful gymnast and they didn't see the problem. They also kept saying the kids get to play basketball during recess, what was the difference? The principal said the kids don't play basketball in the halls between classes. I can see a difference - I've never seen a basketball game played with mats on the floor and spotters to catch the players in case they fall. The principal also said the girl had been known to do handstands in front of doors that could open at any time - not safe or smart. If she got hurt where would the parents place the blame? I'm sure not on their daughter, but rather on the school officials who allowed it. Or if someone was walking and didn't realize what she was doing and there was a collision - the school would be blamed.

It's wonderful when parents stick up for their kids when there is a real reason, but to teach them that it's OK to disregard rules that you don't think should apply to you is not wonderful.

Just my vent for the day I'm sure I'll think of more in the future!

CAS29 said at 11-17-2004 - 03:45 PM
I agree with you so much -- why do so many people think the rules are for everyone else, not them!????
Last year there was a young boy (16) killed in the metro when he was electrocuted because he was spray painting "artistic" graffitti in the tunnel, and slipped and fell.
His mother tried to blame the transportation service for not guarding the tunnels better --- excuse me??? what about teaching your son not to deface public property? I thought it was a tragedy he died, but even worse that it was in part due to parents who didn't teach him right from wrong.

what is the world coming too??? everyone wants everyone ELSE to be responsible for them!


Dylli said at 11-17-2004 - 10:40 PM
Yesterdays journal struck a chord with me. I was 42 last year, and my dad passed away at 42. That was a tough one. Was relieved to make it to 43...and now I can get on with the rest of my life. You will, too. I promise. But, I know it's an emotional one. Like you, my dad missed out on everything from high school graduation - weddings, grandkids... But I still have so much of him in my personality...he's always here.

Congratulations on your birthday, and making it this far...and many more.

I have one of those kids who do outrageous things...I just don't support it!! Kim


mlweeman said at 11-18-2004 - 08:05 AM
January 15 is going to be another tough day, that will be the day that I am the exact age he was - 49 years and 61 days.





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