Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sanctimonious Sue

Lord help me now. My niece, Big M, has become a Sanctimonious Sue and it's driving me crazy. Her big thing right now is the plight of little people (dwarfs as she insists we call them despite the fact that "little people" is a PC term) and people with various deformities. She's always watching specials on Discovery about little people, children born without faces, conjoined twins, and all sorts of other things that I just don't have the stomach for. I can barely stand the sight of blood, much less any of this other stuff. I understand that she wants to be a doctor and she finds this stuff interesting but there's just no need for the attitude. I mean, her little sister made a face and she went off. She tells her mother that she should stop her from making faces like that because there are people that are born disfigured and it's important to teach her not to make fun of them. She's a baby! She doesn't know what she's doing. A few days ago one of my sisters said her short, obnoxious co-worker was a midget with a Napoleon complex. Off went Big M on one of her rants about little people and how dwarfism is very serious and nothing to be joked about. Then came a lecture on the various forms of dwarfism. If that's not bad enough she's always trying to force us to watch these specials. She will put the same show on every television in the house. I've lost track of how many times I've had to tell her not to touch the television in my room.

I don't even have hope that she'll grow out of it because my younger sister went through a similar phase and she's still going through it. She will just lecture you to death and try to force her views on you. I refuse to be drawn into these conversations with her. I mean, there are things that I'm passionate about but there's a fine line between expressing your views and harassing people. I'm trying to teach that to M but I don't think she's there yet.

It amazes me how she can be so shallow and yet so caring about the plight of others. She's such a complex child. I don't want complex children. They're too much trouble

5 comments:

Atifa said...

Wow, hold old is Big M?

Suroor said...

She may be more sensitive than complex which is not such a bad thing. If she is younger than nine years than I think you should worry about what she's watching because all this TV watching on dwarfism and babies without faces can affect her. I was seven when I saw a boy using crutches for the first time in my life and I was pretty scared and very upset.

singlemuslimah said...

She's 10. I was a little concerned with all of this stuff but her mother (my sister) thinks it's fine. What do I know? I'm not a mother.

AKA said...

I have to confess - I watch those shows on TLC/Discovery too!! But Big M is impressive because she shows real concern for these people. And though I do sympathize with their situations, I'm more fascinated with the case itself.

ruby said...

*hug* Its cool SM, she's caring and has empathy which is awesome. But...ummm hope you don't have to listen to it all night and day anymore.