Aurora, Colorado

21 Jul

Daisy and Violet would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victims and community of Aurora, Colorado, as they try to cope with this senseless tragedy. In an effort to minimize redundancy, our only contribution to this national conversation will come from our Mommy Blog perspective:

What kind of fuckwad parent takes a 4 year old and a 3 month old to a midnight movie? What film is more important than your children’s peaceful rest and sense of routine? See the damn matinee, people!

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4 Responses to “Aurora, Colorado”

  1. Karishma July 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    i’m not sure what the big deal is with people taking their little kids to midnight screenings … it’s just that something incredibly unfortunate happened, making it seem like an irresponsible choice. my parents had me at their parties until all hours of the night as a baby. that was something they continued with me (and the siblings in tow) until we started to fight having to be seen in public with them … in retrospect, i don’t think it was detrimental in any way. even now, if we all have a get together, my friends or family friends or whomever, no one hesitates to bring their kids with them – whether it’s to a late night movie or restaurant or whatever.

    • daisyandviolet July 22, 2012 at 6:28 am #

      As a parent, one of your many responsibilities is to ensure a system of routine. Especially the 4 month old, but the 4 year old as well, should have been asleep at midnight. I thought the same way you did before I became a mother, so I understand where you’re coming from. And not that this is a consideration, per say, but it’s unfair to the adults in the theater. They don’t want to deal with a crying, overtired, cranky baby. Midnight is adult time.

  2. I.R. July 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Daisy and Violet got it right, again – – both times, the good Karishma to the contrary notwithstanding.

    Even at age four and five, much less two and younger, neurons are still forming, synapses still growing and connecting, brain cells (especially but not only in the brain stem, one of the most critical componenets of the cerntral nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system, as well as in cortical and occipital areas) are still being produced by mitosis as well as spontaneously . Said another way for those who can’t get it: the brain is
    still developing, and an underdeveloped brain can’t learn effectively. A person possessed of an underdeveloped brain falls short on psychomotor skills as well as concept formation (pay attention, out there; stay with it . . .). Circadian rhythms – – the orienting of the body, and mind with and to the twenty-four hour cycle that defines our lives on ths globe (the sun does it! It’s the sun’s fault, with some help from the moon! Don’t blame me.), are the sine-qua-non of a normal day-to-day life.

    So: without having to be one of the ever-increasing number of neurotic helicopter parents, one can and should make whatever contribution one can to a normal and healthy neurological progression. Kids don’t belong out and about (i.e. awake, aware, and stimulated) at times during the cycle when they should be sleeping, dreaming, and developing (and yes, dreaming is a part of it all, too. It’s called REM sleep).

    All that aside, loud, screechy, ungoverned and uncontrollable kids in the middle of adult functions and gatherings are simply a major pain in the ass. Now that, one imagines, anybody can get . . .

    Aye Ahhrr (without the “gh”)

  3. I.R. July 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    . . .and almost as an afterthought, inasmuch as it’s way outside the purview of D&V’s original blog comment: does anybody want to consider even the possibility (remote, you say?) that the psychotic and sociopathic, malevolent son-of-a-bitch who took all of those exquisite pains over all of those months to shout his last hurrah, in a twisted fashion, emulating “The Joker,” might just have been possessed of a screwed-up brain, poorly developed and therefore inappropriately socialized and not possessed of approriate impulse controls (which come from different centers or areas of the . . . yeah, brain)? D’ya think . . .?

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