Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Oops--unintended consequence

I am all about unintended consequences--every action seems to have at least one. There's a life lesson for ya.

Some very nice, well intended people, Debbie and Jennifer Fink, thought the term "army brats"  needed a makeover. They wrote a book called The Little C.H.A.M.P.S.

This tells the story of some army brats and brats of other services. But instead of brats, it called them CHAMPS--Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel.

Ooof---that is dreadful. First, why are they heroes. And "attached"--like conjoined?

Well, the brats worldwide were not charmed, either!

"The title received a bit of pushback," Jennifer allowed, quoted in a story by John Kelly in the Wash Post, Dec 30, 2014.

Brats had swagger, said one brat.Well, of course it did--living all over the world, among armaments and capable people, would impart that.

Naturally, in true internet fashion, there was a backlash against the backlash.

At this point, I say WHATEVER! I would way rather be a brat myself than a fake kid hero annointed by some young gals, however well meaning.

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