Please leave me and mine out of your issues. Unless, of course, we belong there.
Wesley, our cat, has been a bit under the weather lately. Actually, I think Rachel has figured out that Wesley and I have about the same allergies.
We took Wesley to the Vet’s office last Friday, to get direction on dealing with his allergies. After his appointment, we sat in the reception area again, waiting our turn to checkout. The customer in front of us had two small dogs.
When the little dogs started acting up, their owner quickly shushed them with these words: “If you don’t calm down, I’m going to let that cat have you.”
Wesley was sitting calmly in his travel crate, on my lap. He did not seem too interested.
I was reminded of the time that, at a clergy meeting/meal, the child of another clergy was acting up a little, and then was told by a parent, who pointed in my direction, “If you don’t behave, I’m going to send you to live at the Methodist Children’s Home.”
I undersatnd the difference between telling a dog you are going to give it over to a cat and telling a child you are going to send him/her to a children’s home, but what kind of person makes such threats anyway?
The same kind who, when taking his child to the doctor, threatens to get her a shot if she doesn’t sit patiently in the waiting area. The same kind who suggests to her child, upon seeing a policeman, that perhaps she wants to be turned over to the cop?
Seriously, now, fellow “adults” (and I use that term very loosely), can we all at least agree that making such idle threats to our children screams to them how insecure we are and damages their attachments to us at the same time?
If you dont’ stop, I’m going to tell God.