The Manneken Pis Effect: Park Slope's Little Peeing Princes
Clearly, someone did, as dad took one of the children to a nearby tree, where in full view of everyone, the Little One took the requisite bladder emptying whizz on a tree. After they left, we observed the gigantic wet spot on the tree. Little guy had a big bladder.
Other than making us wonder if it might not have more appropriate to have the him go in the privacy of the park rather than on Prospect Park West, it got us to thinking. Public peeing by kids is not an isolated thing in the Brooklyn Kingdom of Kids, Park Slope. Nor is this the first time the issue has come up (though, in fairness, given that the Little Tree Pee Child and siblings were placed into a vehicle and driven into the Park Slope dusk, they were probably not Park Slopians.) We suppose where you come down on this issue depends on whether you have children of tree peeing age. If you do, you're probably pro-tree peeing. If not, you might be less enthusiastic about the practice. In any case, it's not just us that wonders about letting one's child treat a sidewalk tree in the same manner that a German Shepard would. We offer the following narrative from Dope on the Slope of another Park Slope Tree Peeing Incident:
Yesterday was the third time in less than a month that I witnessed a parent jerk down their toddler's trousers in the middle of a busy sidewalk so that he could avail himself of the opportunity presented by a nearby tree, and heed the call of nature.Ah, spring is here.
What is totally unfathomable to me is that this delightful tableau unfolded a mere two blocks from Barnes & Noble. I understand the impulse to buy your books from a local, but why not stick it to the man and sneak a leak in their bathroom?
Is this some odd Park Slope tradition that I'm unaware of, imported from Europe, perhaps?
I was in Amsterdam on Koninginnedag a few years ago, and was impressed by the high-tech public urinals located at convenient intervals on the street. They came in handy after all the celebratory Heineken, but they still allowed the user to maintain some pretense of modesty (although not much).
Somehow, I doubt that New York City is ready for this solution, especially since it only serves half of the population. Still, can't we give the trees a break?
Public Peeing and the Park Slope Mom
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