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the story of an invisible girl
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A friend posted today about pranks he's pulled on his children, and it reminded me of a story a colleague told me a few years ago.

Several co-workers had gone on a team outing to a haunted-house, and he had "accidentally" taken a rubber severed foot out of one of the displays. He thought it'd be fun to show his two little girls, who were in the 6 or 8 years old range. He tucked the rubber foot into the leg of his pants, and found them in the playroom.

He limped toward them and then commented that his foot was bothering him. He looked at it, pretending to be puzzled, then bent over and tugged at it. Then the foot came off in his hands.

His youngest daughter immediately burst into tears.

Very embarrassed, he hastened to reassure her. "No no it's okay, see, Daddy's okay. It's just a joke. See, it's a toy. Just a silly joke."

My favorite part of the story is that after he explained, she apparently sobbed through her tears, "But.... why would you do something like that???"

He didn't have a good answer, other than thinking it'd be funny. Maybe six-year-olds don't understand dark humor. He's a good guy though, with fairly similar parenting techniques to Jer I think!


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dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: November 26th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I could see doing that to any hypothetical kids I might have someday.

I'm not convinced I'd be a good dad though :-p
From: writerwench Date: November 26th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good question. Why indeed do adults think it's funny to trick kids into thinking they're maimed/damaged/hurt? I never found that sort of humour even remotely amusing. But then I don't like slapstick, fake blood, or any kind of knockabout 'comedy'.
jebra From: jebra Date: November 26th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why indeed do adults think it's funny to trick kids into thinking they're maimed/damaged/hurt?

"The guys in my frat all thought it was hilarious when I did that!" Or some such thing, perhaps.
From: writerwench Date: November 26th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm a bit lacking in the pratfall-humour department. It mystifies me, what other people find funny. I'm not saying it's stupid, I just don't understand it.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: November 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
What good is it having kids if you can't mess with them?

I get lectured on this all the time by their mother, but I'm not about to stop, because... damn, these kids will believe anything.

I've agreed to stop making zombie jokes, though, because that really does make Logan have nightmares. I did have him pretty convinced we were going to drop him off in Nebraska if he didn't stop poking his brother, though. That might have been mean, but it did have the desired result!

Edited at 2008-11-26 04:22 pm (UTC)
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