Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Eddy Haskell

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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Son, Facebook and Dr. Suess

My son added me as a friend on his facebook. I told him that I respect his privacy and that he did not have to add me. Why do I have a facebook anyway ? I told him he could "de-friend" me anytime and I that would not be offended (I might be). While not everything on his site passed the parent whiff test, one item stuck out. He posted a quote by Dr. Seuss: Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. I did not know he was listening to the 45th reading of Green Eggs and Ham when I read it to him 15 years ago. Small act, big Result.