I know parents to youngsters, like me, have heard it a million times, “watch what you say around your kid(s)!”
I’ve brushed this off many times but now that Nolan is almost three years-old, it’s becoming more and more evident that kids are indeed human sponges. Not just to dirt and germs, but words as well.
I was driving home earlier today and called some lady who cut me off — and whose car had shelves of snow on top that immediately lifted and flew on to my car — a “fat pig.” I changed lanes and got around the swine and immediately upon passing her, I hear “hey bat pig” from the back seat. I look back and he’s grinning ear to ear.
I laughed a little before explaining to Nolan that she wasn’t a fat pig, in fact she wasn’t even a she, it was a man. I promptly reminded him that he should always clear the snow off the top of his car, especially since it’s a $150 fine in Connecticut if you get caught being lazy.
A little further down the road, an 18-wheeler had sheets of snow flying off the roof of his trailer but I refrained from reprimanding him with some derogatory name, instead allowing myself a car buffer. The car in front of me proceeded to bear the brunt of many sheets of falling snow across his windshield. I then looked in my rear view mirror after seeing something bright out of the corner of my eye and saw another car with d snow on the roof. The snow on her car was spraying the car behind her with snow and ice. I shook my head — as did the repeater in the back seat.
Lesson(s) to be learned here? First, kids will repeat everything and anything you say. Second, this $150 fine shenanigans is indeed just that. Cops don’t seem to give a crap about flying snow off the top of cars or trucks, thus promoting the laziness that plagues this country.
Do everyone else a favor and clean the snow off your car.