A Dose of Humor – Citizens of the World

5 Minutes for Parenting’s weekly column, A Dose of Humor, is here to remind you to take your humor pill regularly as the best medicine to treat the side effects of parenting! It features a different blogger every week and is hosted by Rachel at Grasping for Objectivity in My Subjective Life. Now you can also join in by linking in your funniest moment of the week, using the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post!!

Jana Mathews is a stay-at-home mom to four small children (three born in the same calendar year) in Philadelphia and the author of the popular The Meanest Mom blog. She lives up to her blog title by forcing her children to use utensils, brush their teeth, and occasionally wear seasonally appropriate clothing.

Citizens of the World

The parks in my town serve as designated meeting places for several groups of people. In the middle of any given weekday, you will find moms with toddler and preschool-aged children, grandparents and grandchildren, and truant teenagers from the alternative high school.

Last week, we had a play date at a park with a large tubular slide. Camber climbed up the ladder and then climbed back down.

“Why didn’t you go down the slide?” I asked her.
“I tried,” she explained, “But it’s clogged.”

I stuck my head up the bottom end far enough to see a couple making out.

A few seconds later, a teenage boy wearing skintight jeans and shoes without laces exited the tunnel. A few more seconds later, his equally well-dressed lady friend followed. Without a backward glance at the picnic table full of evil-eyed moms, the couple sauntered off hand in hand.

The next day, we tried a different park, one with no enclosed spaces and no public bathrooms. Within a few minutes, a compact car pulled into the parking lot, blaring uplifting music. Five teenagers piled out and made their way to a picnic table at the far end of the park. All of the moms stopped discussing the merits and pitfalls of the current Friends & Family coupon promotion at Gymboree and watched the group suspiciously. I crouched behind my son’s stroller and took this picture just as the sweet aroma of marijuana wafted onto the playground.

Mmmmm!” said Camber. “Someone is cooking something good.” She scanned the park for open barbecue pits. Finding none, she shrugged her shoulders and ran off.

“One of us should say something to them,” said one of the moms, scanning the group. “Or call the cops.”

Since I broke up the lovebirds the day before, I was off the hook. Before any lots could be cast, the teenagers finished their drugs and walked off into the woods.

The risks of getting mugged and acquiring a deer tick with Lyme Disease outweighed the desire to find out what five teenagers were doing together behind a large tree.

If it doesn’t rain, later this afternoon we’re headed to a park that is across the street from a grocery store and behind the cemetery. Included on its grounds are the ruins of an old Mennonite schoolhouse, a duck pond/ drainage ditch, and a crumbling gazebo overrun with weeds… in other words, a school-skipping teenager’s dream.

Wish me luck.

This post was originally published on May 18, 2009 at The Meanest Mom.

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2 Responses to A Dose of Humor – Citizens of the World
  1. Carrie
    July 17, 2009 | 10:25 pm

    Oh, yeah, this is so true. I noticed several teenagers at our small-town park yesterday & remembered that the only time I’d ever been offered a joint was in the gazebo at our suburb’s little park in high school. 🙂

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