[bksvol-discuss] Re: a quandry

  • From: "Julia Kulak" <julia.kulak@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 02:02:20 -0700

I remember one time I was riding the bus to school and was shocked to hear this 
five year old boy saying the infamous f word, and the bus driver said he said 
it all the time! I guess we're just not up with the times. Its sad that they've 
deteriorated to such a low level. 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Monica Willyard 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 10:31 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a quandry

  Jackie, until 2 weeks ago, I'd have disagreed with you on this point. That is 
when I was sitting in a parking lot at the grocery store and happened to see a 
mom putting her three children in the car, including a toddler. She was using 
that word in such a common way as one might use an ordinary adjective, and none 
of the people around me seemed particularly surprised. I felt disgusted by her 
behavior, and yet I could see that I , not she, am the unusual person in this 
scene. So when I heard the oldest child telling a younger sibling to get his ** 
hands off the back of the seat, I couldn't really blame the child for bad 
behavior since he learned it from mom. That realization has made me feel very 
sad, tired, and discouraged about the future of manners in our society. I would 
still flag books as adult if the strong language appears often. For one or two 
instances, I don't know. I'm glad I won't have to make that decision.

  Monica Willyard

  Jackie McBride wrote: 
Shane, clearly u don't have kids, (smile) else you'd know that the f
word is everyday fare in the schoolyard.  Sorry to say it, but it
is--& worse.  So, I think it shouldn't be classified as adult for
merely that reason, when that particular word is actually part &
parcel of kids' standard operating vocabulary, much as we may & many
of us do wish it were otherwise.  HTH.

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