On This Day – March 9th 2016

Well Gentle Readers, I am a day late on this one but it was a big day because in the year 1959, we got our first look at:
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That’s right. Barbie herself arrived at the American Toy Fair in New York. Now, growing up a boy in the 80s and 90s, Barbies were for girls. As a grownup and an uncle with a couple of nieces, Barbies are for whoever asks you to play with them. My unborn child will have the option of playing with Barbies if they want regardless of gender (I am voting girl anyway but healthy is all that is important). All this gender role politically correct nonsense has poisoned this country. Sometimes you have to call

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and an asshole hypocrite, well, you get the picture right?

Anyway. I seem to have digressed from where I was heading with this post. I just want all parents, or future parents/uncles/aunts/ANYONE who influences the lives of children to realize that a doll is a doll. The values and prejudices you instill in the child is the solution/problem, not whether the doll is proportionately healthy, or has so many designer clothes and dreams houses.

Case in point, I grew up with GI Joes, He Man, and Ninja Turtles. I am not running around New York’s sewers eating pizza and wearing a bandana. Or am I? HA! I am also not some crazed one man army fighting COBRA, or whatever villain has cropped up to threaten the US of A. I believe in this country but I am not going to pick up a gun bigger than most of my body and go toe to toe with any super soldiers.
RocknRollJoeJust look at those guns. That can’t be realistic. And I KNEW THAT. I loved GI Joes and all the toys that came with them, but I knew they were unrealistic. The villains weren’t much better.
Especially that guy with the reflective face shield.
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What was really his deal anyway? I don’t think he could see out of that thing. Maybe that’s why he was so angry all the time. It had nothing to do with the Joes. It was the crappy attire he had to wear. Someone higher up should have thought better about their gear designs.

What I want you to take away from this somewhat off topic post is, Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Barbie, a doll that has caused much controversy, but also been highly successful commercially for decades. If your little boy pulls you down the Barbie aisle at Wal-Mart, don’t push him towards the latest incarnation of Macho Toys. Love him for who he is and the curiosity he has. And if your little girl thinks princesses are overrated, so be it. Show her the strong side of femininity. Teach your kids to value themselves and to value others. Teach Respect for elders, our military, and other people in general. Teach them peace, not bias and hate. Don’t be an asshole and raise more assholes. This world has enough of them. Until next time my Gentle Readers. Live well, write well, be well.

 

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Baseball has begun…

So this week, baseball season started for my son. He is 10 and considered one of the “older kids” on his 10U team. We took him to some lessons earlier in the year to get ready for this season. His swing is greatly improved and he is actually catching and throwing better than I have ever seen him. I am so proud of him. Last night at practice (the second practice of the season), the coach had him working on his pitching. He could use some work there. Pitching wasn’t something we had been terribly concerned with. The only sad thing is that we have just eight kids on the team. So if someone fails to show up to a game it is an automatic forfeit. I think the games that I am off of my day job for I am going to offer to drive any kids that need rides. We cannot afford to have a season like last year where kids weren’t showing up because the parents didn’t feel like driving to some of the games.

I don’t understand why you would sign your kid up for something and then not follow through with it. The lessons we are teaching our children when we do those things are not good. This is a world where if you don’t put forth 110% effort, you are likely to be left behind. I worry about the kids whose parents let them skip out on practices or games just because they “Don’t feel like it”.

I am unable to attend the Monday practices because of my day job. I intend to be at every practice or game that I can attend. Last night I was able to work on batting stance and swinging with almost all of the kids from the team. We then worked on catching both pop fly balls and grounders. Having watched some of these kids play on T-Ball the previous years, or even on the 10U team last year has been a pleasure. Some of them have greatly improved from last year. I am looking forward to this season.

To go with this have came a great article my wife found.

http://momastery.com/blog/2014/03/10/how-to-watch-your-kids-game-without-being-a-jerk/

And a picture from one of the other sports moms that I really like.

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I just want to state that I in no way own the link or the image. If I can find whomever I should credit for the image, I will certainly update this post with that information.