Have you got a hat I can borrow?

Had a bit of a set to with my oldest today. It could have gone better. Regardless of his 16-year-old unreasonableness I lost my rag and said things I should not have. I made a timely and full apology and was forgiven. He reciprocated and we are now in a better place. 

Walked down with him to pick up the youngest from school. On the way one of a group of three teenage girls approached us and asked if I had a hat she could borrow. I was wearing a hat as I normally do and assumed she was taking the piss. Excuse me? What did you just say. Have you got a hat I can borrow? I cast a look of contempt towards her and carried on my way not saying another word. Fucking weirdo she called out behind me.

I turned and laid into her verbally. She replied saying she’d asked me a reasonable question. There followed from me venomous chastisement before turning to walk away. Fucking weirdo. I let it go and joined my son who by now had left me to it. 

We spoke about the encounter on the way back. I didn’t hear her say hat dad. What? She asked you for a light! Hmmm. I’m not so sure. Whatever. It seems I was still hyped up and ready to do battle from the mornings row with the boy. It gave me something to think about. Must remember to breathe and pause before I react. That and maybe get my hearing checked.  

By monaxle

Dad to four boys. Married to their mum. A satisficer. Lifelong cyclist, wannabe nomad, casual snapper and music lover. Occasional glimmers of creativity. Left field, anti establishment and non conformist tendencies. Green politics. Employment in mental health and children and adults social care. Open to learning, development and growth. Often get things wrong. Sometimes getting them right.

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Views and opinions are my own or plagiarised and/or paraphrased from elsewhere. Whether these are right, wrong, misinformed or inspired is pretty much down to chance and your own judgement. Be well, be happy, be safe.

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