Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
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Military homecomings surprising the kids, and shaving heads for a cancer patient.
Well, a few things are so overdone, that I think they don't work anymore. I fear even saying what it is. I know people will just think I'm a jerk.
But, I was leaving the house around noon, and the news was on. I saw somewhere that a child was having a birthday party. A huge present was brought in. I said to myself, "I know it's not a stripper. This kid is only 6."
I then said, outloud, "Oh God! Please, not another one of these things where the father is back from Iraq, and they put him in a box to surprise his kids."
Sure, it's a lot better than having dead soldiers return home in a box from Iraq.
But, I see these on TV each week. They're no longer "feel good" stories. They're just annoying. It's like the guy that proposes to his girlfriend by using the big screen at a baseball game.
The funniest thing is that at some of these, the father jumps out, and when it doesn't scare the crap out of the kid...the kids face sometimes has that look that says, "Dang...I was hoping a bicycle was in there."
This reminds me of a video I watched recently of my uncles funeral. He was hysterical, and the stories people told about him funny.
The one story that didn't work, was his girlfriend, talking about when she had some kind of cancer, and lost her hair. He shaved off all of his.
That gesture, to me, doesn't work either.
The first time I heard about it being done, I cried my eyes out. Some 10-year-old boy lost his hair due to chemo treatments. When it came time for him to return to school, with no hair, he was nervous about his looks.
His teacher told the class, and suggested they all shave their heads. Girls and boys. And even the teacher participated.
Now that, was wonderful.
Having your spouse shave his/her head doesn't do that for me.
It'll just make the neighbors think they live nextdoor to the Coneheads.