Ever had that really awkward moment when you’re watching tv with your parents and something inappropriate comes on. inappropriate to them I mean. You know what I mean…a “bedroom” scene or a sudden outburst of extreme swearing. Anything that makes you want to switch the channel or have a sudden coughing fit to divert the attention. I’ve tried the “mum I really need to talk to you” intense heart to heart method of distraction where you suddenly realise you don’t really have anything important to say at all and you end up saying something stupid.
When you’re young it’s your parents job to protect you from stuff that you shouldn’t see on tv. It’s their jobs to shelter you from harmful things and protect your innocence. They must protect you from a future of uncontrollable swearing and life as a sex pest!
At some point, you grow up and become more streetwise, though they are likely to fail to notice as you will always be their baby. You are no longer embarrassed by these scenes for your own sake, but embarrassed for your parents. Suddenly as you hit your 20s you find a role reversal taking place. It’s now your job to protect your parents eyes and innocence.
As the words “let’s have a DVD tonight” creep out of my parents mouths I have to carefully select one from my stash that is least likely to have any inappropriate scenes or anything that may be awkward or offensive to them. Not that my DVD collection is inappropriate, it’s just your average collection, but films are getting more explicit.
I call this my stamp of parental suitability. Never mind parental guidance anymore…it’s them that needs the guidance!