Posted March 7, 2008on:
One day after school, I saw Jake with scratch marks on his face.
JAKE: Ma, Carl fight me again.
ME: Did you tell Teacher Cai?
His nanny proceeds to say that the teacher always calls the attention of Carl because he always figures in petty tiffs with the other nursery kids… And she adds that the mom is always advised about her son’s behaviour… Anyway…
ME: If Carl goes near you, just walk away
JAKE: But he will follow me man
ME: If Carl follows you, tell your teacher
JAKE: Teacher Cai will get mad but Carl will still follow me… I will sumbag (hit) him na lang
ME: No, a good boy doesn’t hurt or hit another person
JAKE: But he will fight me
ME: Best to tell your teacher
JAKE: If he will fight me I will hit him and throw him in the trash can! (of course he couldn’t be serious, but he kept mumbling about hitting or throwing him in the trash can)
JAKE: If he gets my toy again, I will throw him in the trash can! (trash can na naman)
ME: No… that’s not the way to make him stop…
And this conversation would go on for a few minutes…
JAKE: … I will throw him in the trash can…
ME: Well if he goes near you the next time… (my voice trailing…. inaudibly….) give him a quick kick.
JAKE: Ok Ma!
Did I just say that?