"Don't throw that!"
Shit. He threw it. Which is pretty much what happens every time you say something like that to a 9 year old. By the time you tell him not to throw something, it's already thrown, whatever they are not supposed to throw has already left the hand and really you are just wishing to cover yourself in front of other parents. Look, I told him not to throw it, I'm a good dad, I'm sorry your baby now has a dart in it's forehead.
In this case, it wasn't a dart but a little rubber super bouncy ball. Fuck I hate those things but it seems that I can't ever be rid of them. I have banned them from my house, my car and any place that possibly contains anything with breakable items such as the Louvre. But the kids always find them and I have come to the conclusion that there are these little super bouncy ball gnomes that in general hate people and suck in general disposition.
The place that the super bouncy ball was thrown was a pizza place. Lots of pizza, lots of beer and lots of little kids that can get hit. Why would you haul off and throw that ball as hard as you could? Because you are a 9 year old boy and in a very general sense, 9 year old boys are dicks. When they are excited because they are at a birthday party, they are even bigger tools. It just happens and I have no idea why. I'm absolutely positive I was a massive prick at 9 and even now as a full grown man I can't explain the behavior of 9 year old boys.
Of course, this is my son's birthday and he wanted to go to this generic pizza place with games and pizza that tastes roughly like freshly laid asphalt. There's good pizza, there's ok pizza and then there is kids birthday party pizza which cannot even be qualified as pizza under FDA standards. You could call it a cheese covered pepperoni delivery device but calling it pizza is like calling the Eiffel Tower a stick in the dirt.
There are a lot of things that happened of course during this birthday party before the super bouncy ball of death.
"Dude, don't use shampoo, that has oil in it." That was my son that said that. Seriously. He said that in some sage 9 year old boy advice, like a guru on top of the mountain. The answer my young friends is to not use shampoo to clean thine mane as it contains the essence of the oil. 9 year old boys are gross.
"Dude, you fart alot!" "Yeah I do! Did you know that when you fart it leaves a green cloud and then that causes acid rain?" 9 year old boys are real gross.
"Bro! Bro! Bro! Bro, look I have balls!" and then the 9 year old holds a pair of super bouncy balls by his junk and the meaning is clear. They all laugh because this is what 9 year olds do, spread bad propaganda and make dick and balls jokes as they fart. I've tried to warn my wife that this is coming and now it is here. She better get as much quality with my daughter and girl drama as she can because in about 4 years this house is going to stink and have a shit load of stiff socks under beds. And we are going to do this twice. Good times ahead.
"Bro, bro!" At this age now everyone is either bro or dude. "Bro, throw your balls!"
And then he does. He wings a ball as hard as he can on the concrete floor and it goes flying upward towards the ceiling. It hits a sprinkler just right on the edge and that bastard takes flight to the right. It pops the top edge of a chair, honestly what are the odds, and takes off towards some guy and his family. It's like the scene from "Men in Black" where Will Smith says "I'm gonna pay for that." It pops his beer mug and smacks him in the chest. Not hard of course but hard enough that he looks around. He's just here trying to enjoy a cardboard pizza with his family on a budget and I've got kids making fart jokes and throwing balls.
He looks over at me and I think, shit I'm about to get my ass kicked. You know how you can tell if a guy can fight? If even the women he is with are tatted up and wear cutoff sleeves. I'm guessing this guy has had to fight a couple of times. I'm old and fat, my fighting days are way behind me.
But things go well because this is the midwest and people are actually very chill here. He picks up the ball and throws it back to the boys. My pleading look tries to convey that hey, I did everything I could, I told him not to throw that. But it was in the middle of a dick joke and ya know you kinda have to follow through on a dick joke. He head nods at me as I apologize and everything is ok. I make a bee line to the boy with the super bouncy ball.
"Give me the balls" I tell him. They all laugh now. God damnit, walked right into that one. "Fork them over, where are they at?" I hold out my hand. He then spits two of the quarter size balls out of his mouth into my hand. God damnit. Should have seen that coming.