Benedict for a son
One of the slimiest things I ever did as a kid was telling on my friend for hiding the eraser at school. It’s a known fact that you can’t rat your friend out. Luckily I wasn’t busted by my classmates, but I knew what I had done was wrong. I think almost all kids know this, and yet, for some reason they love telling on their fathers when they know dad has pushed the envelope just a little too far.
The other day I was showing my kids some funny videos on hulu and remembered one of my favorite videos. It’s from SNL and is a spoof of Yo Gabba Gabba. This episode is called the Tizzle Wizzle Show. I promise that you will laugh if you have seen Yo Gabba Gabba. I was watching this with my three kids ages 8-3 and quickly realized that I had made a mistake. Knives? Pills? A battle to the death? What was I thinking? I let the video end and hoped that they would forget about this because I knew the danger I just put myself in. Only my oldest son could understand that this was a parody. The other two were thoroughly confused. I ended the video session and dismissed the kids to other activities. Two days later my wife confronted me when I walked in from work. Here’s how the conversation played out:
Wife: (angrily) Why in the world did you let the kids watch that video? I told you not to show them that when you showed it to me.
Donkey: (playing dumb) What video? (I already knew what had happened)
Wife: Tommy told me all about it. Why did you do that?
Donkey: Where is Tommy? (I pretended to be concerned, but I was looking for blood. My eyes darted across the room until I saw him smiling on the stairs peeking out from behind the wall. He was actually laughing at me.)
Donkey: Oh. Sorry about that.
Wife: (yells for a few minutes and then leaves)
Donkey: Tommy! Why did you tell on me? I’m not going to show you any funny videos anymore.
Wife: (yells from upstairs) Are you serious? What’s wrong with you? I heard that!
Tommy: Yeah Daddy. What’s wrong with you? (smiles and runs away)
You know what’s wrong with me? I trusted a kid.