Don’t worry, this is very light cruelty. We are in Happy Place land for sure. But there were three things I was just thinking about and I want us all to compare them.
I was just in the kitchen with my Dad and Albie Dog, and Dad showed me how if he opens his hand as though he dropped something on the floor, Albie Dog will spend a good 5 minutes sniffing around looking for it. But, THERE’S NOTHING THERE!!!! He’s just that DUMB!!!! So it’s maybe a little cruel to trick a dumb animal, but it’s also very funny for the Humans to watch him determidly sniff.
On the other hand, yesterday my sister sent us a hilarious video of her sobbing child. He’d gotten up the steps but couldn’t remember how to go down again, so he was just standing on the top of the stairs crying. It was real funny. Of course, she was also taking a video of her crying child instead of comforting him, so a little cruel.
And then I was thinking of one of my Mom’s stories from her childhood. When she and her brother were little kids, one morning her Mom rushed into their bedroom saying “get up get up! You are going to miss it!!!!” So they burst out of bed and ran down stairs and asked “what? what? What are we going to miss?” And she said “the day! It’s going by while you sleep”. And yes, they have never fully forgiven her for this, but also, isn’t it a funny story? Especially picturing the two grumpy little kids?
Now, you see what I mean by the cruel versus funny line? Have you succumbed to this yourself? Taken a photo of a crying child because it’s just too funny looking? Tricked your children in order to get them up in the morning? Faked out a dumb dog so you can watch him hunt for the invisible ball?