Um, its Farmers Market day and I just saw a parent hold their child up next to a tree in Columbia Park while the child peed and POOPED. Then they picked it up in a plastic baggie. Although I am very grateful that they picked it up, the whole thing was very disturbing and I am left wondering if this is a new trend. Is this acceptable parent behavior?
Date: 08 Jul 2010 01:49
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Are you people serious? Relax. What is it with us Americans and our fear anything related to accepting our natural bodies. A kid took a crap (that was picked up). Who cares? Do I think adults should go around using the bathroom in the park? No. But if a kid had to go, he/she had to go. I think it's great for the child. Get them comfortable with themselves. Or maybe we should continue to instill in them a fear of nudity! God will strike you down for exposing your birthday suit.
If this was some sort of epidemic, then fine, be concerned. Otherwise, mind your own business. There is nothing better than seeing the park full of kids playing on Wed's. Maybe our efforts should be focused on making everyday in the park like Wed's farmer's market. I can't imagine a better way to build community than by coming together as families in the park. I'll take kids running and screaming with joy any day. If once and a while one craps on the ground, I can live with that.
Why did it have to be the puritans that settled the US originally? Really screwed it up for the rest of us.
"What is it with us Americans and our fear anything related to accepting our natural bodies."
Exactly, spreading disease, parasites, infections around the neighborhood is sooooo natural, just look at parts of Africa. I mean, who wants to live to 80 anyways when we can drop like flies by age 10 from endemic disease. What we need down here is more Turd World thinking!
THEY PICKED IT UP! How is it different than the dog crap everywhere. Worried about communicable diseases, fight the increase of the number of chickens allowed in the backyards (I am not supporting this, the more chickens the merrier IMO).
And all those who keep referring to the conditions in the third world like it's some sort of accurate comparison… Please raise your hand if you've been to the "third world". Now raise your hand if you've spent more than a week vacation in the "third world". One kid crapping in the park doesn't lead us down the path towards mass outbreaks of the bubonic plague.
Look at AFRICA, really? It's a fucking entire continent, not some singular entity where everything is uniformly terrible. We have a neighbor to the north who has and continues to pump a whole cities worth of feces into the Puget Sound everyday. Get riled up about that!
"Now raise your hand if you've spent more than a week vacation in the "third world". "
Lived in two 3rd world countries for over 8 years actually. Speak one language near fluently.
"Look at AFRICA, really? "
Look at PARTS of Africa. Learn to read then go drink some tap water in Abidjan.
But you're right about one thing, Canada is a Turd World country.
My 2 year old is potty training. About a month ago he pooped next to the kiddie pool in our backyard. It was an accident. I picked it up and disposed of it properly. No cholera outbreaks yet.
And tell me - HOW is this different than what dogs and cats do in my yard EVERY DAY? I've been scooping feces out of my yard since I moved in - only one time (above) was it human. Unless you'd like to argue that a 2 year old should come up to its parent and say "Father, I will have to poop in approximately 10 minutes, would you mind making the proper arrangements, make sure no one is in the porta-potty, and prepare a clean-up plan. Thank you."
Get real. Assume it was an accident. We should get fired up if it becomes a huge problem - which it won't because everyone else there won't let it.
Parents at the Farmers' Market seem to feel really entitled to let their children run loose/misbehave, and one had the gall to tell me the other week that my well behaved dog shouldn't be there.
The Stranger's blog (the Slog) picked this up and there's lots of comments:
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