Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cletus and cultural insensitivity

Baby Cletus had his first check up this week - and his first set of vaccinations. He's been a bit fussy since they injected him with whatever it is they injected him with. I know there's a lot of controversy about vaccinations and generally I believe in being the free rider wherever I can get away with it (let the other kids get vaccinations) but London is a dirty, dirty, dirty town and full of people who free ride, too. I've decided to get Cletus jabs for whatever's going.

Cletus current favorite toy is a little blue bull with a bell inside him. Kick or hit the bell and hear the bull jangle. I've named it Shambo. Shambo was a hindu temple bull in Wales - who was the subject of much legal wrangling when the state wanted to slaughter the bull when he tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. There were several rounds of court appeals, but in the end Shambo lost his appeal in the highest court of the land and was extinguished by lethal injection just last week. Needless to say this was a little bit upsetting to many Hindus

Anyway, I'm trying to jolly Cletus along at the doctor's; it's a pretty stressful situation after all when Cletus punches the little blue bovine.

"Ooooh," I cooed "Hit Shambo. Hit Shambo."

The doctor jumped and started. Oops. Hindu. Holy Cow.

I'd just like to say I'm honoring the memory of Shambo with the little blue jingle bull.


genderist said...

This is a great story.

Shambo lives on.

vol K said...

oh, you must have said it on purpose. :)

herschelian said...

Good on you for having him have all the vaccinations. It is SO important that we all have our kids vaccinated, but the medja have stirred up no end of controversy making many new mums very anxious. Herd immunity is critical. I grew up in central Africa and you really can't imagine the horror of a measles outbreak. Cletus will be all the better and safer for his jab, nasty tho' it seemed at the time.