Darth-pooper might very well have been one of my most popular picture posts. It was sent to me by a friend and when I saw it I knew that so many of the parents on my fan page would laugh and be able to relate to the image. I remember both of my kids decked out in some kind of costume while sitting on the porcelain pony not so patiently awaiting the arrival of the dreaded turd. It was bad enough that they had to actually STOP playing to hightail it to the bathroom right? At least they could stay in character.
"Clothes optional" is a policy adopted in many a household with little ones. Watching my kids leap around in their diapers or little character underpants never disturbed me and I don't consider my photo albums kiddie porn because they contain numerous nudie pics of my kids in the bathtub or generally acting goofy while half dressed. As parents we continually capture the precious moments of our young children on film because we can! They are innocent and without shame. We teach them to feel embarrassed of their bodies or disgusted by the human and necessary elimination of waste. RIDICULOUS. We are human beings. We do human things. Everybody poops.
As I write this blog post my daughter has the top half of her footie pajamas on but her legs are free. It looks like she is wearing a cape with legs. She playing with her toy ponies and having a blast. The boy is eating cereal wearing jeans and no shirt. A few minutes ago the girl was antagonizing the boy by making a pony walk on his head. I captured the image in my mind because I had no camera handy but if I did I would have gladly snapped a picture and displayed it proudly in our family album. Life half dressed. Call child services! My happy spawn are half naked!
Would this be the case if we had guests? NO. Do I encourage them to seek privacy when dressing or toileting? YES. I'm sure most of us do. I am a therapist who has experience working with sexually abused children. I could tell you stories of child abuse and crafty pedophiles that would keep you up at night and make it difficult for you to let your kids out the door. I won't. I could also tell you about kids who have learned shame at an early age from parents who are too afraid to see the humor in the raw and naked innocence of little humans. Shame is learned and so is modesty. There is a HUGE difference.
Darth-pooper is just a picture of a little guy who had to pinch one off and needed the force to be strong in him. He was busy being a dark jedi and the dark side called. The comment thread on the picture literally made me pee in MY pants (for the record I was not ashamed). Shame on whoever reported the picture. It brought joy to thousands of people before it was removed.
I'm sure that all the cell phone/mirror shots of tween and teenage girls hanging out of their clothes that are allowed permanent residence on hundreds of thousands of unprotected Facebook pages with limited internet supervision are also giving joy to hundreds of thousands of perverts and pedophiles. In the meantime, my 18 and over fan page titled MOMS WHO DRINK AND SWEAR is regularly invaded by fucktards who need to shame the humor preferences of adults following the letter of the law while finding humor in the absurd.
Darth-pooper lives! May the force in him be strong within you as he encourages you to remember your own days as a frazzled potty training parent or be a guide for you parents yet to experience the unavoidable, frightening, hilarious, smelly, unpredictable and almost always successful process of POTTY TRAINING!
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