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There’s a video going around on the internet that scares the bejeezus out of me. Two girls get into a fight and knock each other around. Pretty standard stuff, I suppose. There are even a few ground rules, which is nice to see. And then bam! Out of nowhere, someone gets hit with a shovel.Wait, a shovel? What?

Geez, now I have to teach C not to hit people with garden tools? What is going on in the world of sports? There’s already enough that I have to teach her and now I have to include “If you end up in a fight, which you shouldn’t, don’t hit someone over the head with a shovel.” Fine, I’ll add it to the list.

I admit that I know very clearly I can’t stop her from doing stupid stuff all the time. She’s going to do dumb things as she gets older. Considering who her father is, stupidity on some level should be expected. That’s fine, as long as it’s in the name of curiosity or humor. And if she is to get walloped on the head by anything, I hope it’s because it fell and I’m recording, so I can win $10,000.

Where are the parents in this video? No one’s going to even try and stop the gal from using the shovel? You can clearly see “she who will get whacked with a shovel” get the “oh crap” look on her face and try to run. Sadly, “she who hits people with shovels” takes a pretty good windup as if she’s trying to win a carnival game. She gets a decent toss of the caber and connects with her target.

It’s like a bad Tex Avery cartoon, and I never thought I’d have to explain to my daughter not to take Bugs Bunny literally. I’m cool explaining things to her that she doesn’t understand, but do I really need to include basic rules of combat?

“She who got sacked by a shovel” identified herself, and she’s a lovely young lady who I’m sure will never end up in this situation in the future. Next time, though, it might be an anvil. Welcome to my new goal. I’m going to spend the next 15 years of my life making sure C doesn’t end up as Tom…just Jerry.


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