“I’m Hungry Now! I Want It Now!”
I flew from Denver to Los Angeles earlier this week. Dinner was served after takeoff, which these days is a sandwich or snack box.
After dinner, I leaned back for a moment, closed my eyes, and suddenly heard a scream.
“I want another snack box! Get me another one.”
It was a kid in row one screaming at his father sitting next to him.
Sitting a couple rows back, I could not see the kid, but I guessed he must have been three or four years old.
His father dutifully requested a second snack box from a flight attendant, who obliged his request and brought out a second snack box.
All of a sudden me (and the entire cabin) heard the kid scream, “NO!!!!!!”
“I’m hungry now! I want it now!”
His father whispered something to him.
“No! I want it now! I’m hungry!”
This continued…off and on for about 30 minutes. Not continuously, but every five minutes or so there was another shrill cry from the little boy.
We landed at LAX. The family stood up. As I mentioned, I expected the kid to be three or four.
He was eight or nine.
Suddenly, I went from being mildly amused to feeling very sad.
Please God, I prayed, may that not ever be me with my son…
As a father of a sometimes-rambunctious four-year-old, I understand how unpredictable and difficult children can be, despite the best efforts of parents. Some kids seemed wired to be mischievous.
But for an eight-year-old? Simply unacceptable. My point isn’t so much as to scold as to remind all my readers who are fathers (and I’m speaking directly to myself) that we must model and practice good behavior for our sons. We must work on it. Over and over.
The kid was given his second snack box…and devoured it. Glad to know someone loves the United “Select” snack box…
But a snack box was not what he needed…