Kids do the Darndest Things. . .

@barehugs (8986)
Canada
February 7, 2008 8:58pm CST
I raised 4 boys on a Cattle Farm where I kept beef cows and calves. It was in the lush green countryside near a small village with a clear stream trickling over stones along the side. Cows are always hungry and usually looking for fresh grass.They have no compunction to knocking over a fence to feed their hunger. The phone rang early on this particular Sunday Morning and someone said," I think your cows are out on the road!" I gave a yell and my oldest son came running. He was just learning to drive and was anxious for some more practise. He drove, we found the errant cows, fixed the broken fence and were on the way home when my son turned a corner and saw a neighbor's dog sleeping in the center of the narrow dirt road. This was a common fault of this dog and everyone in the neighborhood was tired of his indolence. "Hey Dad what should I do? my son asked (in spite of the very obvious need to alert the dog to his emminent danger!) I was relaxed and feeling good and without thinking I responded, "Run over the darned Thing!" Without turning the wheel, or slowing down, my son Proceeded to run right over the sleeping animal killing it instantly." MY God Boy!" I yelled," What did you do that for?" "Well, You told me to!" he replied, stopping the car. I just shook my head in disbelief as we examined the dog and realised it was dead. I went into the neighbor's house and explained that my son had killed their sleeping dog. I offered to take it home and bury it in the field behind the barn. They were nice and agreed, and I apologized profusely. And so we took the dog home for burial. Have your kids embarrassed you? Whats the darnest thing that your kids have done?
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• United States
8 Feb 08
My kids embarrass me on an almost daily basis, but not to the point of killing a dog. (How sad.) The best story I have was when my boys, ages 3 and 6, were with me at the doctors office. This is a large office with many doctors, a lab, and urgent care inside, so there are elevators. We were waiting for the elevator and an older (grandma age) woman came out. Both kids started loudly making remarks about look at the "old" lady, or it was just an "old" lady. I was red in the face, mad and embarrassed. My boys are taught to respect their elders, and although they probably didn't know what they were saying, I felt horrible because it was rude and inappropriate.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
Well, perhaps its appropriate for kids to be inappropriate! Seems like it anyway! However, be that as it may, Kids are the most fun of anything I can think of.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Oh my God, I can't believe he really ran over it. That poor dog :( **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
Yup, He sure did, but in the end it was my Fault. He was right, I did tell him to do it! Fathers do the darndest things!
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Oh the poor dog and your son. At least the neighbors were good about it. One story that comes to mind for me was the time my son and his friend started a fire in the woods, and the fire cheif was driving by as they were running out of the woods, and he brought them home to me. that was so embarrassing.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I can't think of one particular instance that stands out Although perhaps pooing in his pants at the swimming pool and emptying the whole pool out was a little embarrassing? I got a kick out of reading the story though. I must say that it must have been a traumatizing incident for your son. And amazing, absolutely amazing, to be taken so literally. I'll check back on this discussion - I would love to read about what the other folks have to say about their own moments. Whit