We at the house of crunch just finished a very interesting conversation with the teen. I try to not post too much about his life or issues as I respect his privacy and dignity (and hold the threat of embarrassing Instagram pics over his head), but I think this is work sharing.
Without oversharing, Adam had described an incident with a friend in a way that could have caused us, his over-involved parents to …well…to go totally nuclear at kid in story as well as said kids unknowing parents. We managed to get back to a more healthy DefCon four from the one that his statement had caused.
(okay, actually….you can tell who the caring parent is. Adam HAD come and told me a bit of this inflammatory tale BEFORE dad had come home, but a call from my boss totally distracted me and then I just didn’t care that much)
It was Dad who brought me back into nuclear readiness because shit I guess I should step up n all that.
And here is where Ryan Lochte comes in. We all know by now the big mess he has gotten himself into. What I do recall though was and is something that has been left out. What I heard was that the first person he talked to about his ‘experience’ was his mom. Basically, he went and told his mom how a bad man had pointed a gun at him and SHE went straight to DefCon five. After that, what was he supposed to say? The truth? Well that would make his mom very angry with him and also make her look like a total doofus. Granted he TOTALLY looks like a total doofus and I would like to think that she is furious with him, but I also worry about the type of person who raises a Ryan Lochte is and is okay with it.
Needless to say, Ryan Lochte is now the perfect lesson about how not only NOT to exaggerate your ‘jeah’ experiences but also how to just NOT do the whole bro culture doofus thing. I can’t hide behind his newly dyed brown and smoooooooth hair do now. We all know what he did. Now at the ripe old age of 32 he has lost king of bros crown in a big way. We also hope he has learned to ALWAYS TELL YOUR MOM THE TRUTH!!!
This is pretty much what we yelled at Adam too.
My kids watched a lot of the Olympics this year. The girls mostly as our future duuuuuude was asleep through most of it. BUT. It did help generate many great conversations about sportsmanship, geography (the map of the world has changed a LOT since I was a kid), and what WAS that weird kicky sport they were doing. CBC did an amazing job of the coverage and those weird quiet channels with no commentary were awesome for the chance to see the athletes from OTHER countries celebrating their moments. Lochte taught my kids how NOT to act when out in the public eye. The Mongolians taught us how to take off our clothes in a rage. That was awesome.
Corporate sports are fun. Thank you for helping me give annoying talks to my kids.