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The Slice: ‘A handful?’ You have no idea

Fri., March 22, 2013, midnight

Parents with small children sometimes speak in code.

When they propose bringing young sons and daughters to social gatherings, they don’t want to frighten the hosts.

So they might say their little boy “can be a handful.”

Or that an adorable toddler girl is “pretty lively.”

Sometimes these euphemisms are blatant examples of false advertising. Sometimes “he’s all boy” actually means “the kid is a human wrecking ball.”

Occasionally “he’s high spirited” means “monkey boy on speed.”

OK, children will be children. And if the parent or parents in question are reasonably attentive, a little rambunctiousness can be managed in a cheerful, relaxed manner.

But sometimes the child is so epically out of control and the parent so utterly oblivious that the visit becomes the basis of a story told and retold for years and years.

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