I’m the Navy SEAL in the house

My son has a small infection in his toe. It definitely hurts, but it’s not the end of the world.

This afternoon, when he was out in the backyard with his friends, I came out and announced that it was time for him to go to martial arts.

“No,” he said. “My toe hurts.”

“That’s no excuse,” I responded. “I’ve done martial arts with broken toes.”

To which he riposted with this one: “Well, you’re the Navy SEAL in the family. I’m not.”

At which point I heard one of his friends, completely bewildered, say “I didn’t know your Mom was a SEAL.”

And so rumors are born.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Like I said, what terrifying power…

    Yea, Book presents a tough image and is the father figure to her son. This is only possible in a post-modern world, of course.

    It’s foolish to hit someone with a broken toe. But you can still do things while injured. It’s also good training for when someone disables your leg and prevents you from using it. Then you got to figure out how you’re going to fight using only 3 limbs.

    At which point I heard one of his friends, completely bewildered, say “I didn’t know your Mom was a SEAL.”

    Completely in awe and terrified of the awesome retribution of Book, as I would word it. 

    The binary solution set is what your son is looking at. Either he has to go to martial arts and perform 100% or he stays back because of a 1% disadvantage. The idea of compromise or a negotiation, is strange to the immature mind. Which is to say, a person that doesn’t want to use his toe and wishes to give it time to heal, will go to a class in MA, but will dictate the terms in such a fashion that he will benefit rather than lose out. If those terms aren’t met, he won’t go or will walk out.


    Do not attempt to quell the rumor 😉

  • NavyOne

    Oooo-rraah Mom Bookworm!   Get some. . .

  • Danny Lemieux

    Speaking as someone who has personally met Book, I believe it.

    However, I know that if she confirmed it to me directly, she probably would have to kill me.

  • suek

    Sooo…did he go to the class?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    No, I let him stay home, but not because of the toe.  He and his friends were having a wonderful time playing together, and I consider his socialization at least as important as any other part of his development, since he has marked anti-social tendencies.  He’ll go to the make-up class today instead.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Doesn’t that mean he has a form of autism that is prevalent amongst the analytical or the genius, from which they cannot understand human social interactions until they grasp the system of rules underlying social communication?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Ymarsakar #7:  Nope.  He just doesn’t like people very much.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar


    A more severe form that I heard about and just remembered the name of just now. 

    Basically, those with AS don’t understand how social or human body language works on an intuitive, observational, level. But they can mimic it with far greater fidelity once they “understand” the underlying logic and system to it.

    That’s probably because at the expense of losing their human interaction “brain wiring”, they gain a much greater power to think logically, mathematically, and systematically. Which allows them, once they understand what human interactions works, to be able to read body language, facial expressions, and voice tones with almost superhuman perceptive accuracy.

    Engaging in one-sided, long-winded conversations, without noticing if the listener is listening or trying to change the subject

    Btw, that’s actually a comedic line/joke in Japan. Basically they have these comedian characters that don’t listen to what other people are saying, and they need to be hit with a comedic slap or punch from women to “interrupt” their foolish idiocy.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What reasons or incidents does he give for not liking interacting with other people?

  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    As one who was a child with ‘anti-social’ tendencies (I didn’t start talking until I was 2, and I hated birthday parties and the like), I would suggest that if a child is happily playing with friends, let them be, as you did. I would also suggest that terms like ADHD and autism are too lightly thrown around these days by people, who in part, are seeking validation that their child’s behaviour isn’t their fault.

    For myself, I found, and still do to an extent, that the things that interested my peer group were too banal and boring to be interesting. It wasn’t until I started working that I learned something about pop culture and social expectations, because it greased the wheels of social interaction.

  • Charles Martel

    I live next door to an almost-5-year-old chatterbox named Anthony. He’s a sweet, bright kid and I love to hear his voice.

    He didn’t start talking in more than two-word sentences until he was almost 3. His parent, wise people, never pushed or fretted about his taking whatever time he needed.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Terms like ADHD and autism have fallen into popular vogue precisely because most people are not competent enough to make distinctions of relative or real worth upon the development of humans. That’s primarily because they don’t understand humans to begin with, healthy or unhealthy, good or bad. To recognize the bad, one must recognize the good as well. To recognize evil, one must recognize justice as well. To be unbalanced in one leg is to be unbalanced in the other.

    Such are the fruits of the popular psycho-drama-drug culture that is with us today, funded as much by federal funds stolen, mis allocated, and redistributed from taxpayers as anything else. 

  • Mike Devx

    Book says in #8 of her son: Nope.  He just doesn’t like people very much.

    Well, he likes his friend plenty, it appears, so I can relate.  I’m essentially asocial, not antisocial.  Aside from ten hours at work each day, give me two or three socials a week with one to four people each, and I am as snug as a bug in a rug. Perfectly happy. Sitting with two friends at a table in a pub, drinkin’ beers and shootin’ the sh&!#t for a few hours… pure awesomeness.  The buzz and the give and take of the mix of individual interactions is like an endorphin high.  More than four people, enjoyment drops significantly.  Crowds?  Forget about it.  On the other hand, give me a week socially alone, and I’m starting to climb the walls.

    Keep up the subtle encouragement and development of your son!  I think you’re on the right path.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    That would be semi-social, rather than asocial.

  • JKB

    Your story put me to mind of Lt. Comdr. Albert Schaufelberger, a Navy Seal assassinated in El Salvador in 1983.  As the excerpt below relates, he didn’t let a little thing like a broken leg stop him.  Although, he did have to drop out BUDS and go through it all again.

    “His drive carried him into training for the SEALs, which have a dropout rate of some 75 percent. Not Schaufelberger. He once fell 30 feet from a cargo net on an obstacle course. Badly injured, he crawled through the course until an instructor put a foot on his back to stop him.”