Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bad Boy

This afternoon I took my 3-year-old daughter to the mall for use of the play area. It's air-conditioned, it's fun for her and relaxing for me, and, most of all, it kept me away from cleaning my house all afternoon!

My princess climbed up the toy hippo, looked at me for approval, and jumped off onto the carpeted floor. She met with so much Mommy-approval the first time that she focus on this activity for about 10 minutes straight. Two ladies sat down next to me. They were speaking Arabic and wearing head-wraps, although I could still see their faces. They were dressed modestly in long pants and long sleeve shirts despite the 95-degree heat outside. These were not the kind of Arab women who come to the US and completely throw away all semblence of religion for the sake of Western comfort and fashion. You know the ones I mean. The wear so much makeup, their hair is all done in a sexy way, and their clothes are slutty and tight-fitting. But these women were not like that. They were "frum".

I asked one of the ladies where they are from and she answered, "Lebanon." Then I asked her how long she has lived here. "Six years," was her reply. Asked whether life was better here or in Lebanon, she answered, "Definitely here." The conversation was over.

I thought of my family who lives a Ketusha rocket's toss from Lebanon and wondered whether this woman's husband, brothers, or father have anything to do with that.

One minute later, as my little girl was about to jump off the hippo for the 10th time and was watching me give her a drumroll, this woman's son pushed my daughter off. I got to her as quickly as the lady got to her son. I comforted my baby while the woman chastised her son. She kept saying over and over, say "I'm sorry!" The boy refused, and buried his upset face into his mothers lap. I think he was surprised he did it.

Later, I asked my daughter why she thought the little boy pushed her. She repeated my question, thought about it, and said, "He's a bad boy."

Simple as that. HaMevin YaVin.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh.Veev,I think you should have made him apologize for whats happeneing in Israel,just for the heck of it.

August 03, 2005 6:06 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

As far as I know, he's not directly responsible for the disengagement. But I'll look into that.

Thanks, as always, for your sarcastic comments made solely in attempt to make me stop writing. It's almost working.

August 03, 2005 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww come on Veev.Lighten up.You know as well as I do that EVERYBODY enjoys your writing!I for one LOVE it.Keep it coming and don't let idiots like me discourage you in any way.

August 03, 2005 8:14 PM  
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August 03, 2005 10:35 PM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

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August 03, 2005 11:55 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

She's just looking for some attention. I liked her pregnancy broken condom poem.

August 04, 2005 12:19 AM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

16 minutes of pleasure? That's like, hours.

August 04, 2005 9:10 AM  
Blogger swiftthinker said...

my kids learnt the term "bad boy" about 2 years ago and I would literally go into a store with them and they would randomly pick anyone (boy or girl) and start screaming over and over "bad boy, bad boy" pretty much frieking out the recipient. To solve the problem I didn't take them to stores for a few months until they were over the phrase.

August 04, 2005 9:22 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

ST, that sounds scary.

August 04, 2005 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Veev: A few years ago I was on a conference call for work, here in Jerusalem with another high tech company in California. We started our introductions. One of the US employees, Marwan, said he was from Lebanon. One of our team in Jerusalem said, "really - where in Lebanon?" He answered which village he was from...and the guy from my team broke into a big smile and told Marwan: "Hey, I know your village, its right next to Marjayun, right?" Marwan was shocked - "How do you know?" My friend answered - "I was there last month in IDF reserve duty"

August 04, 2005 11:03 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

I love it!

August 04, 2005 11:52 AM  
Blogger da shevster said...


August 04, 2005 12:23 PM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

You should've shot the kid with a rubber bullet, like I wish I did to my old arab neighbors who used to throw rocks at my daughters.

August 04, 2005 12:51 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

It's funny. I imagine people look at frummies dressed up like they live in Siberia during 90 degree weather the same way we look at these muslim women.

Of course, the muslims have this whole world terror thing going for them...

August 04, 2005 1:42 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I think our women have a lot of similarities, less, of course, the plastic explosives in the underwear bit.

August 04, 2005 1:47 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

I think my Shaitel and headband helps me blend in a bit. Not to mention the whole new trendy longer skirts thing.

August 04, 2005 6:59 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

SW, I wasn't mad at the kid. He's just a kid and looked shocked himself. Stuff like that happens.

August 04, 2005 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

veev, give up the blend-in thing.
you just dont, and i dont see why you would particularly want to. be proud of whatever it is that you think you are!

August 05, 2005 3:03 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

What do I think I am?

August 05, 2005 12:34 PM  
Blogger rockofgalilee said...

don't say you didn't ask.

August 08, 2005 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever it may be, be proud!

August 09, 2005 3:05 AM  
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