Thursday, May 12, 2005

Good judge of character

I was watching the local news just now for the latest on the murders in Zion (see below). I tend to watch the news with the TV muted if Ben's in the room, because there's just so much I don't want my 5-year-old to learn about our world just yet.

I paused the TiVo when Hobbs' glowering mug shot was on screen and asked Ben, "Is that a nice person?"

"No," he replied.

"Why not? Why do you say he's not nice?"

"Because he looks like he would break someone," he elaborated.

"What do you mean, 'break someone'?" I asked.

"Like, he would throw them out the window and they would get hurt bad."

We haven't talked about this story, and I can't recall ever talking about people being thrown out of windows. Sensitive kid?

(You can see the mug shot in this Reuters story.)


Psycho Kitty said...

I think most kids are more in touch with intuition or instinct or whatever you want to call it. Until we train it out of them.

Sergei C. said...

I was, perhaps in appropriately, excited about leaving that comment you so viciously deleted because "defenestrate" is one of my favorite words, right up there with "axolotl" and "shibboleth."

As they say, "just a little, not a lot'll, satisfy and axolotl." :)

Sergei C. said...

Damn damn damn! I can't proofread myself today. I'm just going to sit on my hands until 5. Feh.

Orange said...

Watch your hands, mister. You might get fresh with yourself.

And would you believe you introduced me to a new word (axolotl)? Salamanders are cute.

JT said...

Damn. I'm impressed. And I totally agree with Ben -- just looking at that guy's mug gives me the creeps.

Of course I know what he's accused of. Perhaps we should drop Creepy Murder Dad out a window and break him?