Has anyone else noticed a trend of unusual parental attire in Sacramento lately? Okay, I’ve only had two sightings so perhaps that does not constitute a trend, per se. But what does this say about our esteemed city? Thursday night at the Arden Fair Mall I saw a gigantic woman pushing a toddler in a stroller while her four or five-year-old son ran ahead. I don’t mention that she was gigantic to be mean, only to give you the picture that her t-shirt was wide like a billboard. A fact important to the story because in huge black letters the shirt said, “LEAVE ME THE F*** ALONE!” except in place of stars there were actual letters. In substance probably not an unreasonable request for the busy mother of two small children, who maybe gets about four minutes a day to herself IF Dora the Explorer is on, but must it be phrased this way? And must she advertise her hostility to her children and the world at large?
I thought it was a fluke until last night when I was at Albertson’s and I saw a man with his son, approximately age six, and the man’s shirt said “I DON’T GIVE A RAT’S A**.” Yet once again, spelled out. He was headed for the liquor section with his child, apparently making good on his proclamation. Is this a Sacramento trend? If so there’s going to be a run on child-sized “I’m with stupid” shirts.