Talk to the hand!

wooden spoonTimes have changed a lot since I was a mother of young children.  Nothing was thought those days of what my father would refer to as “a good hiding”.  It was standard practice and considered to be good for you.  You misbehaved and you got a smack.  Goodness me – I remember going to do groceries with two small boys in the shopping cart and a wooden spoon sticking conspicuously out of my handbag.  I didn’t ever really get to use it much but it was there – as a not so subtle reminder.

Now I know it is not considered good parenting to smack your children any  more – but there are some adults out there that make me think a good smack would do them good.  I bet you know who they are –

  • That person who just nipped into the parking space you were patiently waiting for
  • The woman who pushed in at the lineup at Safeway
  • The person who invades your personal space while you are talking to the pharmacist at Shoppers

Can you imagine the shock and horror if you turned around and gave them three or four brisk smacks on the back of the legs – punctuated by ….

“That” …. SMACK

“is” …. SMACK

“very” ….SMACK

“rude” …. SMACK

I know, I know…. Violence doesn’t solve anything…..

Instead of hitting them why not “use your voice” as they say in Kindergarten.  It works very well with animals – and they are usually way smarter than us humans.  How was your dog the last time you said “Bad boy”
guilty dog

Mmm – I think they would probably lock me up if I turned around at the grocery line up and said to the man behind me “You are a BAD boy… YES a very BAD boy”.  Jeez – sounds like a line from 50 Shades of Grey.  I better be careful!

This season of overbooked flights, hectic shopping malls and crazy traffic just seems to bring out the worst in all of us.

So bring it on Monday 6th January – everything will be back to normal, everyone will be back at work, Deerfoot will be as busy as usual, kids will be back at school and I can put my wooden spoon away.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

1 comment

  1. That make me giggle! I never had the wooden spoon sticking out of my purse but we did have one in a drawer. My kids are constantly reminding me that we used it! Maybe they should have them at airports? There certainly are many misbehaving adults that think they are more important than others. Or maybe a time out spot??? (And not in the airport bar!!!)


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