Pessimistic Optimism

Life as I see it… sort of.

It’s Electrifying

Here’s a question for the masses.  If you see a small child about to chew on an electrical cord should you stop him or let him learn something?  It’s not something that you have time to ponder on because the situation demands an immediate response.

Keeping your child out of harm’s way is the most natural thing to do for any parent with the exception of Joan Crawford  or Jessica Simpson’s dad, Joe, so most people would try to stop the kid.    But there’s nothing like a memory of pain to prevent someone from trying something dangerous or stupid a second time unless you’re a member of the Jackass gang or James Frey.  That would be the best reason not to stop the hungry stumbler from charging his system.  That or if you enjoy seeing children shaking uncontrollably on the ground.

I’m proud to say that I removed the child from the cord and the cord from the outlet before anything happened.  I told him “no cords” and he seemed to understand by the way he immediately stuck his finger in the uncovered outlet that I just pulled the plug out of.  I said, “no outlets” and he just looked at me with a grin.  Maybe I should have let him get shocked.



November 13, 2006 - Posted by | Humor, kids, parenthood


  1. and how is that you know who Jessica Simpson’s dad is?

    Comment by Aunt Weather | November 14, 2006 | Reply

  2. A.W.,
    Unfortunately, he’s in the news almost as much as his daughters… and I think he’s pretty cute.

    Comment by linusmann | November 14, 2006 | Reply

  3. thanks for not letting my nephew lick the electrical socket-we let Uncle NJ do that when he was younger and now look at him!

    Comment by Aunt Weather | November 14, 2006 | Reply

  4. HEY, Uncle NJ was old enough to know better. Sad that his father had to teach him that…or was he copying the dog that had already licked the outlet? I am happy to hear that my grandson didn’t have a chance to get knocked halfway across the room or look something like Christopher Lloyd’s character from ‘Back to the Future’.

    Comment by The Grandmother | November 15, 2006 | Reply

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