Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Morning Stories With Mookie - Episode 134

The Time Mookie's Youngest Son Uttered The Phrase "Son Of A Bitch"

My youngest son is currently 7, and he loves the "Back to the Future" trilogy. I mean he seriously LOVES it. This does not bother me because I still enjoy the movies quite a bit myself, even though we've probably watched them 383 times since he was introduced to them. I still remember seeing all of them in the theater when they came out (yes I just dated myself quite badly) and have always thought they were awesome much like he does. My oldest son seemingly enjoys them as well, but definitely not to the extent the youngest one does. One day though I thought my oldest son had a change of heart about the movies due to an incident in the car.

We often take turns choosing songs to play off my phone when driving to/from school, and almost every time it's my youngest son's turn to make a request he shouts out "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News! Apparently one day my oldest had enough of The Power of Love, and produced an epic eye roll and let out a guttural "NO." As it turned out, his outburst was more due to Huey Lewis and The News and not necessarily a change in attitude about the Back to the Future franchise. Unfortunately though, this still almost made me stop the car anyway because NOBODY talks like that about Huey Lewis and The News. They are a goddamn American institution! Luckily for my son, I love him dearly so I let him stay in the car.
Yes these are real and they are completely awesome.


One evening my youngest son and I were playing LEGOS, and he was demonstrating the finer points of his LEGO Delorean with Doc Brown and Marty McFly LEGO figures (yes he has the Back to the Future LEGO set). He often peppers his mother and I with questions and comments about the movie and everything that goes on in and around them, and tonight was no different. For some reason the subject was about the character Principal Strickland (wonderfully played by character actor James Tolkan) and how he calls everyone a "slacker." The conversation led to Strickland's activities in Back to the Future Part II, and where in the alternate 1985 he was a shotgun-toting guy protecting his house. During this part in the movie, Strickland happens to call Marty a "son of a bitch."

We normally restrict our kids from seeing too many movies/shows where they swear and what not, but they are also subject to hearing this stuff out in public and everywhere else we go.  I will confess that my wife and I are prone to letting a curse word or two fly just leaving the house on a daily basis, so it's not like we're total saints in the matter either. However, we've discussed with our kids that these words are "grown-up"words and that they are not supposed to repeat them. For the most part, this seems to work.

However, back to my son and I.

He is talking about Strickland, and then he suddenly goes: "You know that part where he calls Marty a son of a bitch?" I INSTANTLY looked up at him from what I was building, and the look on his face was horror. He knew what he'd said, and I could tell from his expression that he totally did not mean to say it. Part of me wanted to laugh, because holy shit that was funny - but instead I just replied with an even-toned "What?" He looked at me with pleading eyes and said "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to say it. I meant to say son of you-know-what." I just reassured him that I wasn't mad, but that I didn't want to hear him say words like that. He said "I know. I'm sorry." And I could tell he was, so that was the end of it.

Except for the fact I had to tell his mother and laugh about it, because man that was really funny.

(*) - Names changed to protect the guilty/innocent

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