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Monday, June 9, 2008

From the desk of...

Dear Lucy's Mother,

I am writing to express my deep disapproval of your conduct this weekend and to formally ask you to desist in any future contact or "conversation" with my son, E. You should know that we have consulted an attorney and, while we do not believe it would be in E.'s best interests to pursue litigation at this point, we do believe we have the grounds to seek compensation for damage caused to E.'s self-esteem by your tirade at Sean's birthday party.

First, let me make this clear: E.'s behavior should be none of your concern. Whether or not he wrests toys from other children's hands, refuses to take turns or share, and pushes and shoves his friends -- and we would dispute the veracity of any of these accusations, or at least point to developmental issues that may make him irresponsible re: decision-making, etc., this is none of your business. You acted inappropriately when you raised your voice and said such things as, "E.! What are you doing?!"

Furthermore, we believe that your instructions to E.: "You need to share" and/or "You need to take turns," are patently misleading. I am a financial adviser and my husband works for the U.S. Department of State -- in other words, we are a typical Arlington couple -- and it is our experience that "taking turns" and "sharing" are not very profitable skills, nor do they bring much reward in the 21st century global community.

It is our hope that this letter should serve, not only as a stop-gap measure until we can get judicial approval of a restraining order, but as a wake-up call to you. Please reflect upon your behavior.

Thank you,
E.'s mother

P.S. It is completely appropriate to drop-off a high-spirited 3-year-old at a birthday party without parental supervision. Your whispered comments about Social Services were overheard -- and not appreciated!


Anonymous Cynthia said...

Oh they did not! Did they think it was daycare?!

June 9, 2008 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Shelly C. said...

I think I just thought of a new use for Maggie's dog crate, though that probably would prompt litigation.

June 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

You're so turning into your mom- have you looked at the percentage of recent posts that entail yelling at other people's children???

June 9, 2008 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Yelling at other people's kids is a perfectly good hobby. Seriously, do some people realize how poor their parenting skills are? Letting three year olds prance naked down the street?!?! (and I know you know who I'm talking about). Have at it, I say!!

June 11, 2008 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Ohhh, I do know who you are talking about! An excellent example. And dear Auntie Pamela, I'd yell at you too, if I didn't think you'd get mad and deprive me of home-made ice cream all summer long. (hint!)
Shelly C -- No. No. No.
Cynthia -- Indeed they did! Makes you want to include a release form with the Blue's Clues invite.

June 12, 2008 at 7:03 AM  

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