If you’ve read this blog, you know of my daughter.
We didn’t allow her to watch movies inappropriate for her years. We just thought that was the right thing to do, as responsible parents.
We also disapproved of foul speech. Personally, I worked very hard to not ‘cut-loose’ in her presence, as I felt it was a poor example.
And, I know, as kids get older (and in Molly’s case, her parents separated and divorced) having these kind of controls get more difficult.
At some juncture, I’d found out she’d been visiting friends, and they were allowed to watch most any movie. And she’d seen some movies of which I disapproved for someone her age. And she knew that, and also knew I didn’t approve of her using language expressed in those movies. Lethal Weapon Two, for example, the first one with Joe Pesci.
Fast forward a few months, and we’re driving through the Jack-In-The-Box. I begin to pull away, and she yells, “Dad, stop!” So, I step on the brake and ask her what’s wrong. She explains she’s inventorying our order, to make certain we received as we’d asked.
And then, deadpan, she looks me in the eye and says,“You know what Joe Pesci says.”
Maybe another year went by, and she’d heard me discussing the history of political violence with my friends.
The JFK shooting was a big topic of conversation in my home. She knew I’d studied many books and visited Dallas, Dealy Plaza specifically
And the subject of the film JFK came up. She asked me if she could see it.
I gave it some thought and decided okay, but, I prepped her about the seriousness of the subject, while based on fact, it was a fiction movie, and it was filled with graphic violence and language.
We watched the film, together.
There I sat, prepared to answer questions of complex historical import, things of a legal and forensic nature.
And what is my daughter’s comment on the film? “That Joe Pesci sure has a mouth on him!”