Saturday, April 30, 2011

There's a "skate" park nearby...

For those of  you who aren't familiar with the terminology...
it's where 'skate boarders' go to perfect their craft....
So...it was a GORGEOUS, SPARKLY, SPRING day....
and there were high levels of activity, happy smiles, and barking dogs.....
and I took my son to the park to skateboard...
And at the edge of the park...
there sat a woman and a little boy on a bench....
And the boy was ridiculously overdressed for this warm, spring day..
My GOD !
It looked as though he was wearing TEN COATS literally !!
and scarves and gloves and hats....
It was WEIRD...SO WEIRD...
and DISTURBING....
and MUNCHHAUSEN SYNDROME came to mind somehow...
as if the mother was over dressing the child in order to garner attention or something...
Interestingly....Paradoxically...
the mother was wearing a floral, yellow, spring dress...
no coat....no other accoutrement either....
And the poor boy was obviously BEGGING the mother to allow him to
take off all of these superfluous layers....
But the mother was busy stuffing SEGMENTS of CLEMENTINE ORANGES into the boys mouth....
and I DO MEAN "STUFFING"...
like almost GAGGING HIM....
And to make matters worse, she was SINGING  in a very shrill, very loud voice...
OVER the sounds of the boy begging....
It gave me chills to watch this highly dysfunctional scene...
I patted my "happy" and "safe" son on the head...
took him by the hand....
and we moved on past them.....