May 31, 2011

Online Yes-Man

I was thinking about a storyline for this post involving the resurrection of the Cookie Monster toy in our home now that Marina is transfixed by it. She is really interested in the Cookie Monster’s repetitive musings—“me like cookies”—over and over again as she develops her language skills.  Anyhow, I seriously considered painting a swastika on the Cookie Monster’s forehead in an effort to contrast this very mundane infant’s toy with the horrific image of a totally deranged Charles Manson that inevitably comes to mind. This would give you, dear reader, something to gnaw on while I natter on about my kids. But, I didn’t do it this time. I pulled back. And for a day or so now, I have been asking myself why.

The answer to this is that I am somewhat leery of putting too much out there into the digital ecosystem which may be perceived the wrong way. Truth is I get these odd ideas of juxtaposing the normal with the utterly abnormal all the time. But with the ubiquitous nature of the online world, anyone can view this. And that means anyone could take the humorous intent a completely different way, and that may backfire. My humor is an acquired taste. So, rather than take that chance, I figured that, for once, I’ll take the road that is most taken and play it safe.
Is this a sign of maturity? Naw. Life is more fun when you sporadically just do things and see what happens. When it can have implications for the entire family, though, that’s another story.

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