It has been in the news for days now, about flight attendant Steven Slater’s unceremonious, boorish departure from his job.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV5_IxDWVfs
In short, he threw a tantrum while at work on a Jet Blue airliner that was on the ground; he grabbed the intercom and swore at one customer in particular and then at everyone on the plane in general, and also cursed his employer. Next, he stole a beer from the plane, opened the emergency escape door, and slid down and away from the plane – straight into the arms of security – who took him to jail.
The media coverage of this event was widespread and continuous – and I was happily tuning it out when I came upon an interview with Mr Slater’s mother about her son’s behavior. She supported it 100%. Said she couldn’t blame him and said that she would probably do the very same thing. Sheesh! I was amazed and had to think about what my Mom’s reaction would be:
My Mom would say,
to S.S’s display:
“Come down off your pedestal, Bub!
You’re acting so foolish! So Junior High-schoolish!
Get upstairs and scrub out the tub!”
Mom had zero tolerance
When her kids acted like a dunce,
And her cure was to work us like heck.
We couldn’t ‘slide’ out of it,
Would not have dared thought of it –
We knew she’d be coming to check!
So to S.S. I say,
“At the end of the day.
Mom set some good rules down in stone.
We learned to endure,
Rise above, feel secure;
And leave slip-n-slide antics at home.”