2009-09-22

Some of the things that get to me

There are a couple of things in life that really get to me. One of those things would be when parents dress up their little girls like mini adults. And I've seen 6 and 7 year olds all dressed up as if they are out to get attention. Or young girls with their faces plastered with make-up. And I'm not talking "Jane* was playing with the toy make-up set she got for Christmas", I'm talking carefully and deliberately applied make-up when they go to school, the shops and wherever, like this 10 year old who until recently was only 9 and yet when you look at photos of her (in her school clothes) or you see her at school with the make-up all over her face, I can't help wondering why kids can't just be kids anymore. Really? Does she actually need to wear make-up to school? Although I think she must be getting it from her mom because her mom is really into her make-up and always has it plastered all over her face. I'm sure that if I ever have to see this mom out in public without any make-up (which really is unlikely) I won't recognise this person at all. Now there is nothing wrong with make-up, but surely kids who are not quite teenagers yet don't always have to wear make-up. Surely kids should be allowed to be kids just for a little while because they have their whole lives ahead of them to be adults. But maybe I'm just terribly old fashioned. (*Obviously not referring to anybody I know, I don't actually know a little girl named Jane)

Smoking is another one that really gets to me, but I won't be writing about this one tonight as I wrote about this here just the other day.

The other thing that I really really don't get is this whole drink-driving thing. And recent news articles (NZ Herald, Stuff) made me feel so disgusted at this person who made a deliberate decision to drink until she was horribly drunk (she was nearly twice the legal limit), then got into her car driving so bad that another motorist was following her and was about to phone the police about it, when she crashed into a cyclist and instantly killed him. This cyclist didn't even have a chance to try and get out of the way. He simply had no chance. He was a husband, a dad to a 10 week old who will grow up not ever knowing her dad. I don't care that this idiot person is 70. I don't care that this person had a drinking problem - none of that should be excuses. This was no accident, this was murder as far as I'm concerned. I hope they will make an example of this person, so that the message could be very clear - you can kill people when you drink and drive and when you kill them it is no different to anybody out there who murder other people. I hope this person will be haunted for the rest of her life because it is too late to fix it, she destroyed other people's lives, she robbed a little baby of her dad and that is something she can never give back to these people. All of this could have been avoided if she did not make that decision to drink and then drive. But what a pity that despite this there are so many people out there who will have the same attitude as this person probably had "oh it will never happen to me". I wonder what it will take for people to catch a wake-up call about these things...

5 comments:

Kristy said...

I agree with you 1000%!

Anonymous said...

I agree with all three topics...especially drink driving, I can't even get over the fact that there is a limit with breath testing...I believe that people should be fined or have their licences suspended for even the tiniest drop of alcohol. The story of this young father is just so terribly sad, I know a friend of his, and to see what drink driving does first hand is truely devastating.

theclam said...

Hey Lea

I'm so with you on the whole make up for little girls thing, what really freaks my bean is seeing young girls dressed in "slutty" (for lack of a better word) clothing looking like they're on the prowl for men. It FREAKS me out...

Oh and don't get me started on smoking and smokers!

I'm sorry to hear bout the man who was killed by a drunk driver. That's sad.

Anonymous said...

The poor kids at the school where this guy used to teach... imagine how they feel too.... and no one and even say it was an "accident". As for the make up deal, yea, just let kids be kids! I've got boys, so, not an issue in my house...

wino said...

Agree with you on all counts.

The sexualisation of our little girls really concerns me. Have one set of neices who are basically allowed to do whatever they want (long story as to why) and from the age of six they have been dressed in a manner appropriate for standing on an inner city street corner late at night. It is hardly surprising so many teenagers become sexually active so young!