Tuesday, April 01, 2008

strategy for future misbehavior

When I was a kid and was acting up, my dad used to threaten to sell me to the gypsies (no offense to any of my gypsy readers). He would actually go so far as to pretend to call the gypsies on the phone and ask them to come pick me up. Now, having finally seen some real gypsies later in life on the streets of Paris, I know that they don't have phones, but hey, I was young and naive. If only my dad had known that the gypsies in Paris set out their crippled little kids on the streets--and are even known to throw babies at passerby just to get them to drop their purses! Then, maybe then, he would have thought twice about threatening to give them his only child.

J and I were talking about how today's kids don't really know who "the gypsies" are, so we will never be able to use the "sell you to the gypsies" strategy with Maia when she gets older. However, we have a new plan. We will threaten to sell her to "Good Ole Tom" for extra cash. I hear that cute white babies are at a 20-year high.

3 comments:

[fishlamp] said...

Good Ole Tom strikes me as a man who would actually "take" your baby to sell...

Chrysanthemum said...

My parents used to tell me that I was left on the doorstep by a "band of roving gypsies" and always threatened to send me back... come to think of it, they still do!

justagirl said...

Crazy, Noelle and I just had a conversation about gypsies at dinner last night! No, I didn't threaten to sell her. But this girl would gladly go with them for free just for the adventure, I think. Which is exactly what I would have done as a kid, too!