Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I Can't Believe that I Just Saw This....

I was at the local grocery store, stocking up on water chesnuts, chow mein noodles, sugar snap peas, and carrots for tonight's dinner (can you tell that we're having stir-fry?) and I saw a girl who was approximately 14 *sucking her thumb.* All I know was that she was almost as tall as me, and she was sucking her thumb.

It's cute when you're two. At 14, I can't begin to imagine the social stigma you would suffer. I never hoped I would be one of those people who stared, but I'm afraid that I did for a minute. Then, I caught myself staring, and had to look away.

6 comments:

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

I have heard more and more people telling me stories like this, of older kids sucking their thumbs in public. My pulled-out-of-my-ass theory? We're infantalizing kids for SO LONG these days. It's the same thing with kids IN COLLEGE who have their parents calling professors for them, arguing grades.

Gord said...

And I thought the 5 year-old who would never put his soother down was bad.

Does make you wonder what is up there though...

NIce Blog, loved the "Time Warp" piece--I went and looked at the 1987 list--I am sure I have never heard of 1/3 of the songs!

KLee said...

APL -- I'm so with you on the parents arguing for kids even into their college days. JF once had to deal with an irate parent who was upset that his kid was expelled, and the kid had been arrested for drug trafficking. HELLO?!?!? He was *arrested*, people! That kinda precludes him from attending classes! Not to mention the whole "violation of the school's honor code" blah-blah-blah policy!

Gord -- thanks for the nice words, and welcome to the fold! I hope there's enough here to interest you, and keep you coming back. As for the song list, I am tragically unhip *unless* it's 80's music.

ccw said...

I don't even know what to say. I cannot imagine that being ok. I'm not that old and I know anyone that old sucking their thumb would have had the habit ended through ridicule.

I think APL is right, we are crippling are children by making them so dependent.

Yankee T said...

I have seen this several times. It always makes me wonder what's going on. It's bizarre to think that a mouth that is housing a thumb one minute, is the same one that's spouting foul language the next...

purple_kangaroo said...

That's often a symptom of abuse or something like that going on at home, I believe. Or possibly a developmental difficulty. I hope the kid is ok.