Julia Walker is especially proud of her talkative 5-year-old Peter today. Peter, a mere child with limited vocabulary, was brave enough to point out the awful sight of an obese man who’s pants were not covering his entire backside as he sat and ate in a crowded downtown restaurant yesterday.
While Peter plays with a train in the corner, Walker recalls her son’s bravery. “We were all thinking how awful the sight of the top of the man’s hairy backside was, when my little Peter just yelled out ‘Mommy, mommy! That fat guys has an hairy, ugly butt! Look Mommy! I can push my choo choo train all the way down that hairy tunnel!’ Though I pulled him away from the man quickly, I was beaming with pride as the rest of the restaurant looked on.”
Walker is somewhat blunt and bold herself, but has learned over the years that there are many things she wishes she could say that social standards would not look highly upon. So, she has made sure her little Peter always speaks his mind, because, in her mind, children are allowed to be much more honest than adults in most situations.
This is not the first time Peter has been honest and open about pointing out other people’s flaws around him. He and his friends in kindergarten are well-known for always telling the teacher when she does something or looks out of the ordinary. They act as watch-dogs for the class, making sure every day is somewhat similar to the day before and that the teacher gives them some semblance of routine.
Though many people think it may be a phase associated with Peter’s age, his mother hopes it continues throughout his life. “I want to encourage Peter to always speak his mind, even if what he’s saying is unpopular or may hurt someone’s feelings. Sure, it may get him beat up once or twice in high school, but nothing’s cuter than the little rebel in the corner. He’ll get all sorts of girls-and they’ll only be the perfect ones. Anyone with flaws won’t get near him. And that’s what I want for my baby. Perfection.”
When asked what he thought about the whole incident, Peter looked up quickly from his train and simply said, “Your teeth are yellow.” His mother beamed, “See what I mean? You know you need to give up that coffee habit, but it takes someone with the bravery of my little Peter to let you know the rest of us notice, too.”
From the mouth’s of babes.