Today I nipped to the toy shop to grab a couple of last things. Naturally enough it was packed to the rafters and complete bedlam. Thankfully, I knew what I wanted and knew where they were in the store, so I didn’t have to fight my way through the throng too badly.
Anyway I was just making my way back to the till to pay, when a man and a little boy walked around the corner right in front of me. I didn’t really notice the father at first as I was juggling to avoid bumping into his excited little boy, who was about 5 years old. The little boy was pointing to things and saying “daddy, I want that, I want that! The usual, small child in a toy shop at Christmas wish list stuff. His father replied with “will you shut the fuck up” I couldn’t believe it. He bellowed this in the little boys face.
I was dumbstruck and that’s when I actually looked properly at the father for the first time. My hubby is almost 6ft2 and this man was taller than him, so I’d guess maybe 6ft4, built like the proverbial brick shit house, his head was either completely bald or completely shaved and it was covered with tattoos, they went right down his neck, even over his ears. Emblazoned across is forehead though, in letters about 3 inches tall was the charming tattoo that read FUCK YOU. In great capital letters. I was truly amazed and (wetting my pants a bit at the same time) I was all ready to give this “father” the death stare for talking to his little boy like that, until I looked at him. Had I given him the look, he probably would have just pointed at his forehead!
I can honestly tell you that I scuttled away pretty damned quickly. It just made me wonder though. Why on earth would you want a tattoo like that right across your forehead?. His little boy is definitely around school age and presumably learning to read, every time he looks at his daddy’s face, he’s going to read those words.
My heart really went out to that little boy and if his father hadn’t been a huge scary beast man, I think I’d of shoved a my little pony in his big rude gob!
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