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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mafia? Triads? Gangs? Groups?

Little Boy sat chortling in the backseat. It was nice to see him laugh like that, his amusement gurgling forth from his throat like mirthful bubbles from his heart.

A little boy in his class somehow decided to start a Group called Insect Pests. The stated mission of the group was to create trouble. Members of this group (all boys) therefore go around playing pranks on other kids and tease prefects. The Insect Pests has an explicit organisation structure. There are RANKS. The higher ranked ones can order the lower ranked ones around. This was made clear to all members when they joined. No one made any noise because they didn't understand the realities of being ordered around.

Soon, they understood. The children in the designated lower ranks staged a rebellion of sorts and were promptly thrown out of Insect Pests. However, not to fear, these originally very nice and agreeable little kids (you really must be very agreeable if you agreed initially to be the lower ranked members of a group eh?) had steel in them. They promptly rallied around each other and formed another group called The Resistance. Aaaaaaah! What an evocative name, somewhat reminiscent of the comedy series, Allo Allo, and France in the 2nd World War. I laughed and said "If they're resisting the Insect Pests, they really should be called Baygon or Mortein." Little Boy thought these were good names and promised to suggest them to The Resistance soon.

The Resistance is organised differently. It has no leaders and everything is done by vote. Aaaaaaah... a democracy. The Resistance has since embarked on an ambitious membership drive. They derived a slogan "Join us. We have cookies." Then, they figured out that kids like Little Boy didn't wanna join because they didn't wanna get mixed up in anything that Teachers would punish them for e.g., teasing prefects and throwing erasers at targets. So, The Resistance developed a Sleeping Member category. All ya gotta do is to put in your name as part of The Resistance so that Insect Pests would be able to see the growing list of names. You need do nothing else. With this understanding, Little Boy said he would join.

Next, to convince the really timid ones, The Resistance said "Join us and we promise that we will protect you from the Insect Pests. This brought some of the more unpopular and mousy children into their fold. Not surprisingly, The Resistance now has more members than the original Insect Pests. The aim now is to poach Insect Pests of all their members.

Wow! Total annihilation of the group!

Little Boy is very amused by all these goings-on. He says he prefers to stay neutral so that he doesn't have to take sides when people disagree. I must say... he has a wise head, my son. The only thing we cannot agree on is what these Groups are. I would ask "So... any new happenings with the mafia war?" and Little Boy goes "Mom! They're not mafia."

He says they're not gangs either, nor triads... they're Groups. Silly boy! Whoever heard of a Group War?

11 comments:

achar said...

This is so amusing! Kids these days are really bright.

Theanne said...

You're absolutely priceless Petunia...you and Little Boy! And you're both two of the smartest people I've ever know!

Have you "hung" your painting yet? I'm trying to find a thrift store frame to use for mine (one that will not bring dishonor to the painting) but would not cost me the trip I want to take to Key West Florida next December! If I ever get around to ordering all the ink I need for my printer...I want to print out a copy of my exotic couple to hang!

petunialee said...

achar - Thanks for dropping by.

petunialee said...

Theanne - I wanna get Grandma to do me another bamboo but she has not managed to do something she is happy with. When she hits her jackpot, I'll bring both down and do a pair of frames to hang side by side.

Blur Ting said...

Hey Petunia, my friend is looking for a puppy to adopt, somewhere 4-5 months. He had dogs when he lived in USA but is now living in Singapore. Are the pups still available for adoption?

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! don't we all love school days? hehehe....

petunialee said...

Ting - They're all taken. Good for them but not good for your friend.

petunialee said...

Fry - It's funny huh?

Wen-ai said...

Haha... I hope the Resistance will NOT go around collecting protection money soon!

petunialee said...

Wen-Ai: Yeah! Me too!

Malar said...

Kids nowadays are totally different from those days!
Little boy is smart enough to be neutral!