People who admire families with well-behaved, happy children…
… but who don’t like finding out why they’re so well behaved.
At The Thinking Housewife, Terry Morris speaks of how he and his wife are frequently told by strangers, “I just wanted to tell you that your kids are the most well-behaved kids I’ve ever seen.” He continues:
We, or more precisely my wife, once had a woman approach her in a local restaurant to say exactly that. She further explained that she was a retired public school teacher, and was curious about where they attend school. When my wife replied that they are homeschooled, the woman’s demeanour changed dramatically, and instantly. Noticing her disappointment at learning this information, I blurted out, “Which is the main reason they’re so well behaved.” She returned a sarcastic smile, mumbled something unintelligible, and turned and walked out of the restaurant, her husband in tow, and me saying, “Pardon. I didn’t catch what you said.”That anecdote reads like a scene from a traditionalist Atlas Shrugged, if someone were to write it.
No kidding, the other day, after reading that you were planning to write an essay critiquing Atlas Shrugged, I drafted an e-mail to you suggesting, tongue-in-cheek, that you write a traditionalist version of that book. But I decided not to bother you with the idea.LA replies:
“I drafted an e-mail to you suggesting, tongue-in-cheek, that you write a traditionalist version of that book.”Harry S. writes:
I am a butcher by trade with two sons and 12 grandchildren. My younger son, 34, a plumber, and his wife, 30, have recently had their seventh child A constant refrain over the years by those observing their children is to marvel at how well-behaved they all are. In church with them on occasion (I attend elsewhere regularly), I am consistently informed as to how impressed everyone is with the sterling behavior of their children. They mean it kindly, of course, but I also get the feeling that they are nonplussed over this remarkable phenomenon.LA replies:
Wonderful comment. Thank you.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 07, 2012 10:02 AM | Send