Summary: Sometimes Redirection Makes a Bad Situation Worse.
So I’m at Capitola Beach picking up my daughter after Junior Guards because it’s Wednesday, which is laundry day. This means I take over daughter scheduling duties because, as the name implies, my partner is doing laundry instead. Because it’s Wednesday. Which is laundry day.
But it’s such a beautiful day that me and a couple of others dads I know decide to hang out afterwards and let the kinds play some more.
And as is typical of Capitola in the summertime, and especial after Junior Guards lets out, the beach is packed.
I’m heading to the water on the left side of the jetty when I spot a little girl, perhaps two years old at best, and she’s grinding a rock into the bottom of a surfboard that’s attached to a bike.
I watch for about thirty seconds and don’t see any parents around. So I walk over.
“Excuse me. You shouldn’t hit a surfboard with a rock. It hurts it. Here’s another rock, bang these two together.”
She takes the rock in her free hand, looks at me for a few seconds, and then starts clacking the two together. There, mission accomplished! What a smart, proactive, and responsible parent I am!
I tell my buddies the story and when I look back to point out the girl, she’s now grinding both rocks into the bottom of the surfboard. Oops.
I watch for a while and still no parent. However, another good Samaritan tries to run interference. She likewise has no success in stopping her.
File Under: Unintentionally Making a Bad Situation Worse.