Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Schadenfreude


Last Sunday, The Son went to my mother's place to chill and bumped into his aunties and uncles. Nothing doing, except that his auntie is 4 years old, and his uncles are 7 and 8 years old. A noisier, rowdier bunch of three I've never seen. Coming from a household where the loudest thing in the house is the television set (and even so, only when his father is watching TV), I fully expected The Son to experience major culture shock and the attending withdrawal symptoms (crying, clinginess and a general desire to relocate to someplace quieter).

By way of an example, when I told them to keep quiet because "the baby is sleeepinggg", 2 out of 3 shouted "KEEP QUIET!!! THE BABY IS SLEEPING!!!!" to the others. And if that didn't wake him, they proceeded to stand around touching and patting his little baby arms and face. Sigh.

Although the little baby mouth did start to turn down initially, he got used to them almost immediately after he woke up. Towards the end of the evening, he stood in the middle of my mother's living room, watching:

1. One uncle bash another uncle on the head with a wooden hammer;
2. The other uncle refusing to share his ice cream; and
3. One auntie running around screaming and crying at the top of her lungs trying to avoid her flu injection,

and he smiled. A little baby schadenfreude smile. Like, wow, 3 people are being scolded right now and none of them is me! I'm the best!

The photo above is The Son at Centrepoint, watching his father "crying" after The Son kicked him in the face or something like that. We thought it might teach him sympathy if he saw the consequences of his action.

I've looked at that photo very carefully, and have to admit I cannot find a single molecule or pixel of sympathy. His expression is more like "Wow, looks like the old guy's pretty upset. I wonder what's gotten into him."

14 Comments:

At 1:32 AM, Blogger valkyrie said...

wow.. his hair is soooo loooong now!

sympathy is a tough thing to cultivate in small ones. when i was a kiddo, i had none. :s i don't think i felt any till i was about 10. and now i seem to sympathise too much.

 
At 2:56 AM, Anonymous mainey said...

yeah his hair is so long!

still as irresistible as ever.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger gremlin said...

that drool represents "wow. gotta give more - such brilliant entertainment!" cut hair lah....

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous kierra said...

haha... if he can / is allowed to say, it would be WHAT THE FUCK?

nice hair he has.

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger MercerMachine said...

the real story: he wanted to walk, not be carried, but the mall was too crowded. he kept kicking his old man and trying to squirm out of his arms. so said old man put him down and started 'crying' and holding out his arms, asking for a hug and saying 'carry'.

small person firmly, politely and repeatedly shook his head and waited patiently for said old man to get hold of himself and accept the non-hugging, non-carrying situation.

said old man eventually decided no hugs were forthcoming, much less empathy, and responded in kind by politely but firmly carrying small person whether he wished to be carried or not, and waited patiently for small person to accept the non-self propelled perambulation situation.

and that's the way it was.

 
At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Mystred said...

Haha, he looks so cute!

 
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