Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Attention: Mothers of Boys

All you out there who are mothers of boys. Yes, you in the back! I'm talking to you too. Listen up. This is a very important public service announcement*:

Do not, I repeat, do not give your young sons cigarette lighters as toys. They will get together with other boys their age and take turns burning one another.

I don't care how great your son is with a lighter. I don't care if your child has a fire safety certificate to prove it. His friends are likely to burn one another, catch clothes on fire and burn down the whole park, building, fort, forest...

Just. Don't. Do. It.

*This public service announcement brought to you by the four boys burning one another with lighters on the midway of the fairgrounds today while passersby dropped off their various baked goods, crafts, animals and other items to show. (And while a van nearly hit them because they were chasing one another around threatening to burn one another, but that's another PSA about the hazards of driving down the midway at the fairgrounds.)


Farrah said...

Yikes! Who would ever think it was a good idea to give anyone under 18 an lighter?!?! That is parenting at it's best, for sure! :(

Good luck with you pics at the fair!! Let us know how it goes.

Amy said...

Fortunately, as a younger sister of 3 brothers, I am ahead of the game as a mother of boys. It is also a good idea to warn your daughters that when their brothers give them chewing tobacco, they should not swallow it.

Mandie said...

I'm imagining you, Amy, swallowing chewing tobacco. I'm sure your mother was thrilled!