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We follow the rules for food, school, sports, bed time, reading lists, appropriate screen times, etc. during the year and in the summer it’s time to let things slide.
So when Mr. Gaga came home from a NASCAR race (for real) with hats for the kids and they wore them to summer camp I didn’t think twice.
They were so proud and excited to wear the hats because they thought they looked like really cool teenagers, off they went on their bikes and I went to the beach to read my book. Everyone was happy.
They came home completely devastated.
“First we were playing a game and they counselors said “Anyone wearing an inappropriate hat come on this team’ and they were talking about me and Michael!” Sam said with astonishment.
“Yeah then later they actually pulled us aside and said that we had to take our hats off and that they would give them to us after camp!” Michael said with despair.
“Why?” I asked incredulously.
“They said that our hats were “beer hats!” Sam said with horror.
So you are all envisioning this horrible hat from a NASCAR race that would be deemed “inappropriate.” Something like this….
Or maybe at least this….
Or I could see how this hat could potentially be offensive….
I stared at their hats doubtfully…..”But who even knows what the heck this is?”
“One of the older kids said ‘That’s a beer hat!” Michael said matter-of-factly.
“Well who cares?” I asked getting annoyed. “It’s not like a Newport Light hat or a porn hat!”
The kids stared at me and shrugged.
I started making their lunch fuming mad. First of all it’s summer camp at the beach, it’s not some sort of educational institution run by Communists. Second of all, are we not allowed to discuss beer or admit that we drink it
daily? By creating a big fuss about this stupid hat it makes my children feel as though drinking beer is very bad….in which case they will start to wonder about their father and all of the hats he wears…..
When I was growing up my parents and aunts and uncles would drink all the time. We thought nothing of it. In the old days, fathers would come home and just walk in the door at 5 PM and start chugging straight scotch or whiskey out of a rocks glass.
Dads would down straight liquor and puff on cigars and cigarettes in the house after a long day of work while the children quietly did their homework or played.
Nobody would even bat an eyelash while grown adults utilized grown adult substances.
What would Don Draper do if someone complained about his kid’s “Apple Juice Hat?” He would throw back his drink and blow smoke in the person’s face and laugh….
We didn’t really feel comfortable doing that but I just made a special hat and necklace for Mr. Gaga the next day when he brought the kids to camp.
Nobody seemed to notice so the next day – I brought the kids myself and really tried to make a statement….
I think it’s safe to say that nobody will be bothering us about our choice of fashion accessories anymore….
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