February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Compassion

Me (inspecting the outside of his lunch bag): "Dude, what did you do to your lunch bag?"

Sippy Cup: "That wasn't me!  Two of my friends in school smashed it over a banana during lunch!"

Me: "What?  Why?" 

Sippy Cup: "It's ok.  We were just fooling around."

Me: "Actually that isn't ok at all.  Your so-called 'friends' should learn to respect other people's property."

Sippy Cup (ignoring me and packing his book bag): "I'm excited about handing out my Valentine's Day cards in class tomorrow."

Me: "Well maybe these two 'friends' of yours shouldn't get a Valentine from you."

Sippy Cup: "Why not?  That's not nice!"

Me: "They smashed your lunch bag over a banana!"

Sippy Cup: "So what?  They're my friends.  And it's just a lunch bag.  If they don't get a Valentine from me?   But everyone else does?  That's just mean.  Then they'll be sad.  They might cry."

Me (taking a deep breath and reminding myself that I'm an adult): "You, sir, are a better man than I am.  And that's a good thing."

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