And I’m not talking about my own two sons (but, yes, of course them, too, on occasion).
Let’s start with the hug.
It seems a certain 21 year old David Fleischer, an apprentice tree trimmer in New York (his dad owns the company), had to be rescued by firefighters from the top of a tree.
Because he violated Rule Number One of tree trimmers: he cut the lower branches first, then, to his amazement, found himself at the top of the tree without a way to get back down.
You might be thinking Darwin Awards for this kid, but I dunno, something about the young man trying to follow in dad’s footsteps, and making a wee bit of a mistake – I can see dad’s embarrassment as he chats with the firemen, who, I have to assume, are giggling, if not outright laughing – just makes me wanna hug David.
Hang in there, David! Gotta crawl before you can walk.
Now – the slap.
23 year old Charles Alfred “Chucky” Boukis, of Newark, California (yes, we have a Newark, too; it’s just not as glamorous as New Jersey’s) was arrested after stealing an autistic child’s prized possession from the front lawn of her home: an ornament featuring a smiling pink piglet riding a rainbow colored bicycle.
Now I’m going to give Chucky the benefit of the doubt here: I’m going to assume he didn’t know he was stealing a 7 year old girl’s favorite knick knack, and didn’t know that it was given to her by her grandfather from Japan and has extra special sentimental value to her, and that he was just a little drunk, and thought it would be fun to grab the bike riding piglet as a prank.
While the original ornament has not been found – what the hell did you do with it Chucky?!? – someone donated the exact same ornament to the child (more than one ornament of a piglet riding a rainbow colored bicycle was actually made?!!). It’s obviously not the special one from grandpa, but, still, what a lovely gesture.
Chucky, when you get out of Santa Rita Jail for this (Chucky has had some run-ins with the law in the past), I will be giving you a stinging slap across the cheek and a firm wag of the finger.
I expect better from you.
Now go and apologize.