Monday, April 21, 2008

Am I the only crazy one?

We went to the Penn State blue and white (inter team scrimmage) game over the weekend. It started out with an autograph session. I literally had to push people off my daughter as they were pushing her into the metal railing to get an autograph. That ticked me off. Getting hit in the back by a grown adult male really pushed the limits. I'm covered with bruises from it. All this for men to get an autograph?

Then the game started. Parents let their little darlings stand in front where only people in wheelchairs should be. I tried to be nice and tell them to sit down if they had to be there. Finally, one mother flipped out on me. How DARE I talk to her child? Ummmm ...... How dare she allow her precious to be so rude and inconsiderate? My two children sat beside me the entire game. They know better than to stand in front of people. Then that same shining example of motherhood riled up the entire section and had them send their kids to stand in front of me. Ohhhh, they sure showed me!

Am I the only person in the world who believes children should be taught simple manners? One father even threatened me (he was massive, I'm 5'2" and petite) that I better not even look at his daughter. SIGH!

Teaching children that the world revolves around them doesn't do them justice. One day, mommy won't be there to fight for them and they'll get the snot kicked out of them for thinking the world owes them because they're "special."

Sorry for the rant, it just really bothers me.

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Blogger Tammy said...

I think it was those people, who allowed and even encouraged their children to behave like that, they are the crazy ones. The best way to teach your child is through example and unfortunately those people are teaching their children the wrong things.

12:31 PM  
Blogger AuntieCoosa said...

LOL, you're the only sane one in the crowd. What you saw is parents who were raised by "Mr Rogers" where everyone is special and no one is responsible.

This is the bunch that thinks the world 'owes' them everything from free health coverage to subsidies. They rarely say "thank you" and virtually never say "please." The world revolves around them, yet they'll probably tell you it takes a village to raise a child.

None of that is true. No wonder the kids act out, they have no boundaries and therefore no self-worth (am I worth enough for Mommy and Daddy to tell me they love me by setting up boundaries so I don't get hurt?) So the kid gets hurt -- in their eyes the perpetrator is saying to them that they failed as parents -- and the parents lash out. Their child is always in the right, even when wrong. Even when they witness their child doing something wrong or even against the law, they'll stand there and lie that it wasn't their child or it wasn't his 'fault.' It doesn't take a village, it takes caring parents. A child raised in a single family home where love abounds is better off than a child raised in a two parent home without loving discipline.

As I see it.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Vader's Mom said...

Thank you! Thank you very very much.

Seriously, is it that hard to teach people manners? You are not more important than me. You may be AS important as me, but you are so not MORE important than me. (And I don't mean you personally...)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

I'm thinking maybe you should voice those thought via a letter to the editor of the Centre Daily Times. Every fall, the CDT is full of all kinds of stories about bad fans present at many of Penn State's games and people like to tout the fact that they think Penn State fans are the best, the greatest, the most polite, etc. This might just give some folks a bit of food for thought perhaps. I am a Penn Stater, a parent, a grandparent too and I would never have allowed my kids, wouldn't allow my grandchildren either, to act like that. My four-year-old granddaughter who is autisic actually has better manners than what those kids you described have.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Rhea said...

I don't understand people going nutty and pushing for autographs. And, people should teach their children manners, but sometimes it's hard to do that when they themselves are severely lacking those manners!!

Love the Zen gorilla photo. lol

12:53 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Papa Joe. Death Valley. A legendary name, a legendary place to play football.

Sadly, the male population (and some female) leave their adulthood in the car and become clamoring little kids. I would have covered the backs of those who stood in front of me with gobs of super glue....but then that's just me.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

I don't blame you for being bothered! What is wrong with people?

1:40 PM  
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Blogger Carmi said...

You're not alone. Your sense of indignation is well placed, as is your perspective on why kids need to learn some basic manners. I fear for the future of our planet when the majority of people around us seem to behave in this way.

Good on you for keeping it real.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I could write a whole rant on what auntiecoosa wrote above beginning with the "non sequitur: "where everyone is special and no one is responsible.".

And! "free health care". Health care is a right and not a privilege and should be universal single payer where we all pay (through taxes).

Now for my comment! This seems to be a case of "stands rage" in the stessed out country where some think everyone should carry a gun for protection. Prescription for disaster!!!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

No you are not the crazy one here. You are the sane one by far.

I can't believe people would let thier children act that way. Then again by the way they were acting it is no big surprise.

Persoanlly I would be writing a lette to my to my local paper to tll everyone what to expect when going to a game AND I would also write a letter to the football organization to show them what goes on at some of thier games. As far as I am concerned security should have told those kids to move. I know in our stadium that's what would have happened.

4:49 PM  

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