I had my sister over this past Saturday evening and the below commercial came on…..watch…
I laughed because the expression the father has as he goes to sit down then bounces right back up when he sees his son just did the stupidest thing ever……that expression can’t be explained in words.
I tried to explain this to my single, non-parent sister of age 35. It wasn’t going to happen. I just thank God it didn’t end in an argument which is usually how any conversations in current our relationship always seems to go lately.
I then found a great blog here and read this essay and I realized it would never be understood by those who weren’t playing the part. I explained to my sister that the fathers’ expression and reaction was spot on by using the analogy of a skin cut.
Say you get a cut or a piece of your flesh ripped off. (Morbid I know but stay with me). For the milli-second you feel nothing but see that your flesh is torn. Then, the pain comes and in that milli-second where you felt nothing you do anticipate the pain coming but your brain can’t really process what you are looking at and what your are to expect. It’s a mixture of brain overload.
That is this commercial. I put myself in the shoes of these parents. When the kid initially pulls out the table setting my brain would go…”NO!” then a full meal is on the floor. As he gets up and the mother stands there, staring, the brain is processing what the HELL just happened. Then in the next second you have a choice on how to react.
Now the commercial stops at the problem being solved by just ordering Domino’s. But it wouldn’t stop there for me.
I think I would lose all my shit on that kid.
And then I would feel like a shit afterwards.
But it is moments like this that the entry in the blog I referred to above relates to. Moments like this actually have pushed my utter sanity to the very edge. Moments like telling my kid who has a functioning brain for the 100th time to talk to his teacher about missing assignments. Moments like hearing him argue with me back and forth like he’s about to win the O.J. Simpson case of a lifetime!
Then, I breathe. Sometimes, I walk into my room, announce to him I’m closing the door to change and then sit on the lovely Paris bench at the foot of my bed and cry. I cry like I’m about to swim in my own tears. There is nothing more I can do. I have gotten to the yelling point but it only makes me look like a woman gone mad. So I walk away…and cry. Which is what I’m sure that father who was one moment about to sit down to a nice family turkey meal would have done, had the commercial continue on.
This is something I try to explain to my single, non-parent sister of age 35 but it doesn’t get across. I just get the look of confusion and judgement that….that one could not explain what they are feeling. I believe even if she did have kids, those children would have been suppressed in so many ways since she is a type to not conform to life situation.
But then again, these are all assumptions. What do I know?