Monday, July 17, 2006

      ( 10:49 PM ) teahouse
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

My housekeeper, R, came over tonight to whip my apartment into shape.

While she was waiting for my laundry to dry, she and I sat on the couch, ate Thai food and watched Super Nanny.

I think that show is so entertaining. Premise: yuppie parents can't control their kids. Apart from putting them in front of the tv or Playstation, and occasionally driving the kids around in a souped-up SUV, parents don't know what to do with them.

Super Nanny comes and helps them discipline their kids, while the yuppie parents stand helplessly aside.

The whole time, R kept snorting derisively at the show.

"Teach them arts and crafts? Time out? Naughty benches? Bah!!" she muttered.

R lives in Harlem in a 3-bedroom apartment that she keeps spotlessly clean.

R has six kids, ranging from age 14 to 25. Every Sunday, all of them gather at her house for one of her famous Sunday dinners. Even the grown ones all go back to eat her home cooking. They love and fear her.

She informed me, "My kids were never bad because they knew I'd kick their asses if they did. I gave a lot of spankings. Give me five minutes with these whining rich white kids! I'll give them something to cry about!" She made a threatening fist at the tv.

I couldn't help but bust out laughing. I laughed so hard I almost cried.



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