Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day massacre averted

The Big Fella threatened to assassinate his mum on the eve of Mother's Day. Having just turned 4, we hope he was just asserting his newfound sense of independence, rather than trying to recreate the St Valentine's Day massacre.

"What are you doing?" mum asked as he knelt in front of his toybox, throwing its contents on the floor all around him.

"I'm looking for my gun to shoot you."

The Big Fella was upset about an earlier bathtime incident, where he thought his older brother, The Complicated One, had been unjustly dealt with by his parents, in particular his mother.

So he was springing to his brother's defence and threatening to exact revenge on mum.

Several minutes later he emerged from his room. Fortunately, he was gunless.

"I'll shoot you in the morning," he declared, as he stomped off to his bath.

The next day, as the boys were handing over their Mother's Day presents, The Big Fella remembered his threat of the night before.

"I'm not going to shoot you - because it's Mother's Day," he declared.

The lack of a suitable weapon had averted a Mother's Day massacre in suburban Sydney. Were that Al Capone and Bugs Moran had experienced a similar lack of guns in Chicago, a sad chapter in America history may have gone unwritten.

There's a lesson there for all of us. Disarm The Big Fella, and we can all rest easy at night.

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