Diatribe: The Father Who Beat His Kids For Farting In The Car.
Let’s face it … Farts Are Funny. Who among us hasn’t found humor in the unfortunately timed passing of gas by those around us? Within our homes and among our own family we undoubtedly address the occurrence of flatulence in our own way. Realizing, of course, that children take their clues from the adults in their lives we should always encourage good behavior and proper manners.
Passing gas is a normal body function. In American culture in particular, however, it is considered rude behavior in polite company. Most of us have been taught to excuse ourselves when we feel the onset of an unpleasant-smelling occurrence or, when another among us releases toxic fumes, to quietly ignore them.
“Unacceptable Noises. Miss Manners does not plan to mention them, chiefly because they are unmentionable, but you all know who you are. What they are. At any rate, there are noises that are acknowledged by neither the noisemaker nor the noise recipient, because socially they do not exist.” – Miss Manners, circa 1983
As a child, I would never acknowledge the passing of wind outside of my immediate family. In our inner circle, however, we would rarely resist an opportunity to point out that someone had “cut the cheese”, “heard a buck snort”, “let one rip” or (my father’s apparent favorite) “stepped on a frog”. It was, in essence, an inside joke that our family shared that brought smiles to our faces every time. My brother spent an entire summer mastering the art of making the offending noise using his special hand-in-the-armpit method.
“You are never too old to enjoy fart jokes. Always remember that.” – Peter Griffin (The Family Guy)
Not all fathers think farts are funny.
Austin Davis of Deland, Florida was recently arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse after allegedly beating his three kids with a belt because one of them passed gas in his car and none would confess. It appears that he lost his cool while driving on Thanksgiving weekend and, because none would confess, gave all three of his children a harsh whipping. The beatings were so severe, police said, that the children had significant bruising and painful injuries. A relative who had taken pictures of two of the children finally reported the abuse. The third 9-year-old child refused to be photographed because he feared his father would beat him again. Apparently, the children told police, they were often punished in such a manner.
Must’ve been quite a doozy! I’m pretty sure my father would have rolled down the windows while we all laughed it off. Then again, we always owned up to the “good” ones.
What would have happened in YOUR father’s car?
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