Ace and I were at the playground behind the neighborhood school the other morning. The sun was shining (for once), and I was bound determined to soak up every ounce I could get. It was going to be a good day! I was taking loads pictures with the new camera and Ace was enjoying the curvy slide, the swing, and the bouncy bridge at the playground!
Everything was great! We were both having a good time until…….I came across the first person that I wanted to literally strangle the life out of!
I have seen many people in my life. Probably in the multiple tens of thousands I would guess. Most of them are nice people. Some are jack-asses, but not a single one ever fired me up like this one.
So, I was helping Ace climb up the ladder to the bridge that leads to the slide when I heard, from around the corner of the school, a lady…sorry, wrong word, she was far from a lady…a bellowing woman yell at the top of her lungs… “SHUT THE F*CK UP!”
It caught me off guard. I mean after all, we were at a school…ya know…where kids are present? …and then she yelled it again…and again…and again!
Finally the bellowing woman rounded the corner of the school building with two other adults, three kids (maybe 8, 10, and 12 yrs old), and a dog on a leash.
They finally made it over to the playground…and of course had to play on the same piece of playground equipment that Ace was on.
I could hear one of the boys (the 10yr old) whining to his Mom (biologically..not emotionally) that he wanted to walk the dog.
She yells again, “YOU HAD YOUR F*CKING CHANCE TO WALK HIM AT HOME! YOUR BROTHER IS WALKING HIM NOW SO SHUT THE F*CK UP AND QUIT YOUR DAMN CRYING!”
The boy cries more and asks again. “Please Mom…I just want to walk the dog….please please please…”
The woman stands up and starts to unbuckle her belt. The boy runs and screams…”GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE! ONE MORE CHANCE MOMMY! JUST ONE MORE CHANCE!”
At this time Ace has just made his way up onto the bridge and is walking across it. I’m standing on the ground below him.
The lady whips out her belt and chases her son around the playground. The other two adults with the group were laughing hysterically.
The boy runs up the ladder onto the same piece of playground equipment that Ace was on…and the Mom follows with belt cocked.
The boy stops about two feet before he gets to where Ace is and…WHACK! She whipped the boy with her belt diagonally across his upper back. And if a belt across the upper back wasn’t bad enough…it was a STUDDED BELT. You know, the ones with the big stainless steel spikey looking things…!
After she cracked the boy…it was silent. The laughing stopped. The boys screaming stopped. The only sound I could hear was the panting of the crazy woman.
I didn’t say a word. I was speechless. And then she looked at me and said, “Go ahead and call f*cking Child Services. They can raise them. I gave birth to them. I can do whatever the f*ck I want to them.”
Aaaaand now I am pissed. If a look could kill I’m pretty sure she would have died ten times over.
If it wasn’t for the whole going to prison thing I could have easily strangled her right there with her belt…
And then to top it off the other adults start laughing and yelling at the boy to stop crying. His crying was scaring the little boy (Ace).
“No..you bunch of hill jack, loud mouth, studded belt swinging, piece of shit parents who think it’s funny to chase a little 10 year old around the playground putting all of these other younger kids at risk for getting hurt are scaring him!”
Man, that would have felt good coming out of my mouth…but I held it in. It definitely went through my mind though!
No matter how bad I wanted to, I knew I couldn’t say anything. These were the kind of people who honestly don’t care. If they would go through all of that trouble to punish a boy for asking to walk the dog, what do you think they would do if I threatened to call the police? And I was there by myself with Ace. Nope. I was not putting him in any kind of danger.
So I sucked it up…and kept my mouth shut. I got Ace down from the playground and we walked over to the next playground area.
No stupid hill jack, loud mouth, studded belt swinging POS Mom was going to ruin our day!