Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT A BITE FEELS LIKE!!!!
Some kid bit Cooper in the face at school today. Yes, bit him in the face.
Dealing with stuff like this is part of a parent's job. Dealing with it in the right way can be tough. Emotions and all that stuff-- they can cloud the judgment. This image represents my emotions upon hearing what had happened. If I had actually been there, I know I would have kept my head, but hearing it over the phone adds a distance that magnifies the feeling of helplessness at not being able to do anything-- not even comfort Cooper. So, the (normal, I think) feeling of anger had extra fuel supplied by the feeling of helplessness. I was QUITE ANGRY! But, after awhile, the anger subsided. It's hard to justify wanting to strangle a 3 year old kid for very long. Still, that kind of behavior has to be snuffed out early.
It was sort of synchronistic that I had a documentary about psychopaths running in the background while I was working at the time I got the call. Did you know that, in Great Britain at least, a child CANNOT be diagnosed as a psychopath or as having a personality disorder? I guess that, if the monster is a kid, we somehow hold out hope that he can change. (It doesn't seem to be the case, though). Anyway, the little person at Cooper's school probably isn't a psychopath. Probably.
Oh, and I'm not either.