Here are some of the things that my four children of a Jewish mother were always allowed to do:Outstanding job standing up for the West, you toad. Quitting is the hallmark of champions, right Ayelet? I guess I can understand the 60 minutes threshold on kids activities. Sometime around minute 58 you probably feel the buzz wearing off and need to race home to mix up another batch of Ron Rico Rum and ValueRite Cola. That would explain the 10 minutes of driving, too, particularly if you took the back way to the event, the one where the cops are rarely seen.
- Participate in any extracurricular activity they wanted, so long as I was never required to drive farther than 10 minutes to get them there, or to sit on a field in a folding chair in anything but the balmiest weather for any longer than 60 minutes.
- Quit said extracurricular activities, especially if their quitting coincided with league finals that might have demanded participation on my part exceeding the requirements stated above.
Her column is a prose explanation of why the West can't manage to get up in the morning without borrowing a few tens of millions from the Chinese. For people like Ayelet, the most modest self-denial is an unrealistic expectation.
Update: Ayelet is from Berkley. Well duhhhhh.