Tuesday, July 11, 2006

cigarette lighter warning

I was at a gas station tonight on my way home and noticed the 8 different displays of lighters. There was a warning on one of the boxes. I'm paraphrasing since I didn't write it down.

No Childproof lighter is completely childproof. The best situation is for children to use lighters under parental guidance.
This got me thinking about how many other things a warning like this could also be useful for.
  • Childrens' shows on t.v. should be watched under parental supervision.
  • Special Note: Sponge Bob is not a children's show.
  • Jetix should not be watched by anyone under the age of 12.
  • Just because your child can ride a bike doesn't mean you should let him wander off on his own.
  • Stairs are best used under adult supervision. Children have a tendancy to jump and play on them causing damage to themselves.
Ok, maybe I'm going a bit too far, but still, the point I'm getting at is that kids aren't meant to be left alone. You don't have to smother them, but you should still be a part of their lives. You want to be there when they do those things that make being a parent worthwhile. It's not the same just hearing a story about it.

Erin called me while I was driving and in the middle of this thought. I told her about the warning. The exchange was pretty funny.

S: Why would there be a children's warning on a lighter anyway. They shouldn't be using them at all, not just under parental supervision. They shouldn't be smoking.
E: Maybe they weren't smoking, maybe they were lighting fireworks.
S: Fireworks?!? So instead of getting cancer slowly over 40 years, they blow their hands off.
E: (laughter) Ok, maybe they weren't lighting fireworks, maybe the are lighting a candle.
S: What would they light a candle for?
E: For their dad who blew his hands off with fireworks when he was 15.
S: Maybe they light his cigarettes. Or they light the candles so he can light the cigarettes himself.
E: I didn't say they smoke, and how does he keep get rid of the ashes?
S: He's gotten really good at flicking the cigarette with his tongue from the inside, so he can get rid of the ash, and he started smoking when he was 12 because he used lighters without parental consent.

We were both laughing pretty hard during this. Warning labels can spark some pretty humorous thoughts.