My daughter has a friend. He is Eddy Haskell. No, his real name is not Eddy Haskell, but he is an “Eddy Haskell.” Eddy Haskell was a character on a black and white T.V. show called "Leave it to Beaver." He came across to unknowing parents on the show as the perfect teen: well groomed and almost sickeningly polite to adults. However, the viewers knew better: Eddy was not a good teen. Eddy was always up to no good as soon as the adults turned their back. My daughter’s friend is the same way. He is perfectly put together and says all the right things at the right time. But I have caught snippets of conversations when I have walked into the room. I am wise because of the “Beave.” This friend is Eddy. While the Cleaver’s were stereotypes of an American family that never existed, our kids are familiar with Eddy Haskell who is now a reoccurring character at our family dinners.
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