Thursday, March 31, 2005

Know Your Rights - Or - Living with a pre-teen

My daughter likes to listen to music when she goes to sleep. She normally listens to a CD she made from songs she bought off iTunes. I am the first one up in the house in the morning. The ironing board is in the empty bedroom next to Beth's room so every morning I hear the song, "Know Your Rights" by the Clash which is a song Beth likes because it is sort of funny ("... a public service announcement with guitar.") For those of you who are unaware, the Clash have determined that we have exactly three rights. First, you have the right not to be killed. Second, you have the right to food money. Finally, you have the right to free speech. Of course, each of these rights have caveats that are explained in the song.

Mikey has been watching the movie, Elmo in Grouchland a lot recently. In the movie, there is a scene where the Sesame Street gang is arrested by the Grouchland police and informed of their grouchie rights. This led to the following conversation with Beth:

Me: Beth, did you know that the Clash forgot one of the most important rights?

Beth: No, which right is that?

Me: The right to scream your head off!

Beth: (rolling her eyes) I am going to forget we ever had this conversation.

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