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Posted May 22nd, 2014 at 12:11 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I was a bit of a strange kid. Not surprising really because Iím a bit of a strange adult. But I digress....

Once when I was 11 or so years old I decided I wanted to see what it would be like if I had no arms. Iíd seen pictures of the armless- the thalidomide babies were getting publicity and I was interested. (for those of you too young to know thalidomide it was a drug given to expectant mothers to help with morning sickness, however the drug resulted in birth defects, usually deformities and shortness in the legs and no arms).

I donít know if my parents noticed that Iíd stopped using my arms. They were a different generation and not very connected to us kids. I like to think Iím connected to my kids but is it true? I only see what they chose to show me.

Anyway, there I was, an armless kid with arms practicing writing and drawing with my feet, dressing, - of course I couldnít eat with my feet in front of my parents. They would have whacked me in the head. I was exploring something and even to this day I donít think they understand that kind of thing.

People are all different. Bees are born to do their jobs. People too, are born with certain skills and tendencies- perhaps I was supposed to be an explorer of some kind- an explorer of the mind.

The seminal moment came when my father saw me turning off a light switch with my foot. He snapped. He threw me around, shouting at me how I had no respect and that he worked so that I could have a good life and that I was a worthless pile of crud.
I was not allowed to explain. He thought I was kicking a light switch. Itís true I had used my foot, but it was a socked foot, no shoe, and the touch had been light. No excuse I know, but itís all I have.

Fast forward now to today. 2014. My son tells me the bathroom light switch is busted. He doesnít say it but i know itís because he whacked it instead of gently flicking it.

I have a history with that switch. My house was a fixer upper delight- meaning rundown and in need of repair. The wiring is rough. Iíve replaced that switch several times. The top is a flick switch and the bottom is a socket, the only one in the bathroom. Iíve replaced it three times in the last ten years.

I actually know nothing about wiring. But I can open something up, look at how itís wired, then replace it and wire it the same way. The bathroom one is tricky though- the space is cramped, the wires are short and thereís no light in there if the power is off.
I admit I was vexed. Interesting word Ė vexed- donít you think? It means a little angry, a little *****, kind of annoyed. There are other ways Iíd rather spend my time than wrestling with that light switch.

It wasnít a big deal. I gave up my lunch hour the next day to get parts and that evening I replaced it. And as i was doing so I remembered turning off the switch with my foot when I was eleven, and how angry my father was with me.

They say that all of the rotten things you did as a kid are revisited upon you when you become a parent. It may be true, but if you look carefully, you can see other things- like progress. I am not my father. I may have complained about replacing the light switch, but I did not get angry. (Just vexed) I did not throw my kids around. I donít even have that kind of relationship with them. Itís all very respectful.

Would I have understood if I saw my kid turning that switch off with his foot? Iíd have tried, but I would have remembered the other times Iíd replaced that switch and forbidden it. So although I think I am more reasonable than my old man, I still fail at being open-minded. My kids will have to practice having no arms in secret.

Will my son, if he has children, remember when I replaced that switch? Iím not sure he will. It was just another thing. No big deal. Maybe this one was just for me.
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Interesting read Sylvano. ^_^
Posted May 22nd, 2014 at 05:02 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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I busted a light switch horse-playing with a friend in my youth. I was a bit terrified when confronted by my father.
He said the cost would be coming out of my allowance and that they ran around 30 cents.
I used to practice moving around my house with my eyes closed. It actually was a good skill for moving about at night. That was until I smashed my toe in on the corner of the wall. Brutal.
Posted May 22nd, 2014 at 05:39 PM by Tornado Tornado is online now
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