Saturday, January 23, 2010
Day 839 -Auntie Anne's Pretzel Twisted Tales
While staying in Sacramento during winter break, one of Auntie Anne's (pretzel maven) friends came for a visit. Her friend, Esme (mural maven), brought her year and a half old daughter over to play with Emma and Andrew. It was an amazing time of parallel playing and synchronized whining.
Before Esme left with her daughter, Auntie Anne wanted to share with us this little trick that she taught the kid. Auntie Anne went up to the innocent child and said these two magical words: ching chong. And then this little kid brought her fingers to her eyes and said, "Chee-choo!" Although she sounded like an Asian donkey, we all laughed at this awful racist stupid baby trick.
Emma and Andrew, always the attention-whores, picked up on this and started doing the same thing. Once again, we all started laughing, but we told our kids not to do this. First of all, it's redundant to make Asian eyes when you already have Asian eyes. Secondly, we don't want our kids to embarrass us when we attend our weekly Politically Correct Asian American Oriental Rug Association group. Lastly, we had to tell Andrew that pulling his sister in his Radio Flyer Rickshaw was really pushing the stereotypes.
Well, weeks have gone by since the holidays and guess what? The kids still do it! Lisa and I no longer laugh at the kids (we do it in private), but the kids laugh at each other. We're really trying to tell them that acting like Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's is bad, but I think we are now at the point where we need to ignore them and use the magic of time to make them forget about it.
It's really quite ridiculous that you spend months trying to teach the kids to poop in their potty chair, but it just takes a moment in time for them to remember how to embarrass their parents at their bi-monthly Pacific Islander Sanrio Collectibles Society meetings. It goes to show that even at this young age, toddlers really do have a mind of their own.
If you still haven't been offended and/or you finished reporting us to the Asian American Defamation League (...again...), you may want to click play on the below video. I recorded Andrew's best efforts at insulting the 3.5 billion people in Asia. And I must say, you've never seen racial stereotyping so cute.