Monday, December 6, 2010

Thank you for ...

The kids all got their black belts in TKD a couple of weeks ago, and what do I find in the mailbox today if it isn't their "thank you" notes that they apparently wrote as part of that whole experience.

(Side note: they put them in the mail without any stamps. So the USPS happily returned them to the sender address - the kids' - which obviously happened to be the same as the actual destination. Either there's somebody at the USPS that goes "Aww, how cute, more clueless children in action", or I can see a gaping hole in the USPS business plan)

And I'm starting to see a pattern about this whole "thank you" business. I blogged about a similar event last year ("Parenting gold star (?)") where Celeste - under similar forced circumstances - was thanking us for being such great parents and not flushing their dead pets down the toilet.

This time around, she apparently had an even harder time to figure out what to thank us for. Because this is what she says: "Thank you for caring enough to feed me". Yes, there's more, but that's the opening line. Wow. We're really top-notch parents. Because we care just enough to feed our kids!

Apparently childhood in the Torvalds family is a tough affair. There's this constant nagging worry about the parents caring enough that the kids are being fed. Only to be occasionally overshadowed by the terror of dead pets being flushed.

14 comments:

Jessica @ One Shiny Star said...

Kids say the darnedest things. :)

Sean Fagan said...

I can see a gaping hole in the USPS business plan

For a few small items, they'll return them. For larger ones, they are more likely to send a postage-due notice to the sender or recipient.

Remember, fearful kids are obedient kids! Get more chores out of them before they realize you'll feed them anyway! :)

J said...

Here is the "Parenting Gold Star" blog entry.

JD said...

Nice tag!

adrian.ratnapala said...

I once publicly thanked my mother for spending my pocket money for me. (I didn't explain that she had gone to the shops and purchased the toy that I was saving up for).

vincegeratorix said...

i love her, so cute :3

Radu said...

And that's how social services will come knocking at your door for being such a bad parent. Please care more than enough to feed your kids, Linus! =))

Alan said...

I guess it also depends on WHAT you feed them. If you made them subsist on a diet of fermented herring and black licorice liquor (aka "Black Death") that might be less than good.

"Thank you for not feeding us horrible food".

jemima said...

I envisage the TKD instructor saying "you must thank your parents for all the help they give you. Remember they feed you and house you and support you in coming to TKD..."

Padster said...

lol, your kids are so funny!

NoName said...

Funny! But what would you have them thank you for?? :-D

mad4u said...

Thank you for Angry Birds dad! You sure look like the big pig and mom like the queen one.

mad4u said...

Linus you can feed them Linux : print it on rice paper using soya ink and hopefully they will not complain. If they do you need some support.

Nailson Martins. said...

You always says when people ask you why you don't work with another thing and all this kind of question... and you say:

If my kids are fed and they have a good education...

I'm not a Stalker, but you ALWAYS say that on interviews