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I love you, kids, but shut up

Vargas ABC's 20/20 on Friday night airs a show reported by Elizabeth Vargas called Taboo: What You Can't Get Away With In America. Some of the subjects, though interesting, are predictable -- the N word, for instance. But my favorite is a segment on a a woman who wrote an op-ed piece titled "Sorry, but my children bore me to death." She confided an awful secret that aunts, uncles and family friends can sometimes whisper about, but of which parents must never breathe a word: School plays and birthday parties are dull. Reminds of a conversation I once had with a friend just back from a long lunch with her 13-year-old son: "If I hear one more word of junior-high crap about how Johnny likes Susie but Susie likes Frank, I'll kill myself." 20/20 airs at 10 p.m. if you want to watch her in secret envy.


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