Virginia relates this experience about a little boy she met a little bit ago:
"I was at an appointment today and as I was sitting in the waiting area, I unfortunately got to observe a grandma with her grandchild. This grandma was probably around 45-50 and had her grandson sitting with her while mom was taking care of something. I saw her son reach over to push my daughter's play stroller. He was probably 2 years old. The grandma snatched him up, spanked him, and started calling him a "faggot". All for pushing a stroller. Then he started to cry and she kept calling him a sissy over and over. Then she said she was going to tell daddy what a sissy and faggot he was. Good grief! She just kept yelling, "shut up! Shut up! Shut up!"
You know, I never know what to say or do when stuff like that happens. Once, I was in a thrift store and an EXTREMELY naughty little boy was pulling racks down and upending displays.
Have you ever just thought to yourself, my goodness, that kid needs a good smack?
Well, just as I was thinking that, Grandma reached for a WIRE HANGER and thwacked that kid like you wouldn't believe several times on the backside. But heyyy, he behaved after that.
Times like Christmas you always wonder about those poor little kids and what the day is like for them. The kid I saw would be about 20 now. I hope that the child Virginia met has much love and hope at home with his parents, and that Grandma is a rare visitor. These little two-year-olds, you know, do actually grow up to become fathers. Stroller-pushing is an important skill that I value in my husband when we're walking and I'm faced with a large hill.
Well, and for that matter, I'd still love my kids even if they were the biggest "faggots" in the universe. GOOD GRIEF some people need a good smack. And it isn't the kid. I can't imagine myself ever waving a pink triangle flag or wearing a rainbow shirt at a rally, but wow. Those "faggots" (ugh, what a term!) are someone's brothers, children and fathers. They're people. BTW so are those stupid "fundies," too. I read on some atheist website about how they should all be nailed to their little Christmas trees during the yuletide season.
Ahhh. I'm feeling the tolerance.
So, I'm just imagining those parents on a bad day... When their kid pushes someone else's stroller. "You stupid fundie, I'm going to tell your dad what a stupid fundamentalist Christian pig you are... Shut up, shut up, shut up! Intolerant little bible-thumper!"