21 April 2008

The Mother And The Errant Child

This is a story of a mother and her child. There is no father in this story and the whereabouts of this character is irrelevant. So the story opens with that of a single mother working hard to raise a child on her own.

As with your typical soap opera script, the child, as a result of lack of supervision since mother is out the whole day working to put food on the table, is a delinquent one. Disciplining of the child perhaps was something that had been overlooked and as the child grew older, it became harder and harder to control.

So there we have on one occasion the finally broke the camel's back. The errant child was throwing a bitch fit, thrashing things, cussing, setting fires and stealing around the house. The mother, upon her return to the house to witness the place being turned upside down, had no choice but to mete out punishment.

Now this is a family back in the early days where we don't have new-age-super-nanny-reasoning-with-child-bullshit. This is the old skool days of the rotan as the mother go around the house chasing down the child and giving the child's backside a good old fashion whack-fest.

Screams and cries of pain rang out of the house and into the neighbourhood and it wasn't before long, that a crowd gathered outside the mother's house with torches and pitchforks, pounding on the door and ordering the mother to stop the child abuse.

"Child abuse you say? Firstly, discipline my child is not abuse and secondly, it's my child and so it's none of your business!" yelled the mother back through the front door.

Since that confrontation, the atmosphere in the neighbourhood has been tense. Whenever she stepped of the house to go to work, some neighbours would be throwing her dirty looks as she walked past them. Some even went to the extent of reporting her to the social services in the hope that perhaps the child would be taken away from her.

"Bad mother!" shouted a neighbour standing behind her white picket fence, while her own son was seen beating up their pet dog behind her.

Then it was the Fourth of July celebrations and the mother invited all her neighbours for a BBQ cookout in the backyard. The response was mixed. Some gladly accept, some declined and even some not only turned down the invitation outright but also went out of the way to persuade other neighbours to boycott likewise. Then there was also a group who said yes but with a hidden agenda to perhaps wanting to take the opportunity to disrupt the festivities and humiliate the host.

Anyway, that night turned out smoothly as those who initially came all gun blazing and ready to stage a mutiny turned out to be as meek as mice. All they had was talk of hot air but when it came to the crunch, no one wanted to be the first to step up to the plate.

The mother was pleased with how the evening panned out and dismissed the would-be mutineers with a pat on the head each as they left the front gate into the warm breeze of the summer's night.

Afternote: I realised a lot of people didn't catch this. I do concede it's a tad abstract. So msn (voxeros[at]hotmail[dok]com) me if you like to find out.

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 11:58 am ::
urm.. and what is the moral behind the story? - dun judge people - pot calling kettle black - lots of hot air coming out but all no guts - one does not need to justify one's action to others - stand by what you think you are doing right and all will end well - ............ ???

2. Faith left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 1:12 pm
Thanks for posting the story. It served as a reminder to me to remember to discipline my future child in the future and also not to pass judgments unless I understand the true situation and circumstances. Having said that, I had a friend who was a teacher in a primary school and she was reprimanded by the Health Services when they came to the school for health visits and the child in her charge was severely abused physically and she did not know of the abuse at all. But to be fair to her, the mum hit at places that the uniform could cover. Therefore teacher didn't know of the abuses at all.

3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 2:52 pm :: 
Aloe & Faith Sim: You both miss the catch here. I will explain it via MSN.

4. Faith left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 2:58 pm
Inviting your enemies and love them that curse you?

5. cakie left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 4:24 pm
no la. the moral of the story is, if you want to settle problem, you must have a bbq.

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 5:02 pm :: 
Faith: MSN you liao.

Cakie: Yah... set them on fire!

7. r3gular left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 7:44 pm ::
I dunch geddit also.
There is always both sides to a coin?

8. Gabe left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 7:57 pm
Wah.. describing the current situation in China har..

9. Chocolate gal left...
Monday, 21 April 2008 10:02 pm
Okie, i am slow.. is this about the riots in US or what???

10. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 2:26 am ::
eh...."Always beat ur kids", as what Russell Peters advocate?

11. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 6:17 am :: 
r3gular & chocolate gal: I told you on MSN already so I think you are fine now.

Gabe: Welcome to the bar. I can neither confirm nor deny your interpretation due to the sensitivity of where I am and what this is all about.

CowGoesMoo: I'll see you on MSN or you see r3gular, whichever is earlier.

12. Chocolate gal left...
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 5:45 pm
yes, ur story is very abstract.... hahahha... but we still luv u leep leep one...

13. aloe left...
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 10:22 am ::
a tad?? I tink it's more like very.... LOL!

14. ed left...
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 1:03 pm
*scratch head*

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