Over the weekend, we did some video work with my clients (and friends), local band Bop Skizzum. It turned into a family affair – because Bryan and Declan came along to shoot B-roll for me. Declan thought it was the most. fun. thing. ever.
Bop Skizzum has seven members. You get that many people in a small space, trying to film them, and words of a certain style are gonna fly around the room, right?
Trust me, Declan has heard these words many times before, especially from my mouth. I have tried [hard] to curb my cursing since Declan entered our life – mainly because there is nothing as unattractive as a five year old popping off like a sailor.
But truly, what is the core of the issue? … Respect.
So, as he learned the big words, one by one, we explained to him – if he were to use those words, people might get their feelings hurt. There might be consequences – especially at school. We respect other people by not using those words around them.
But really? Do we have the right to go into someone else’s house and ask them to stop cursing? After our video shoot, Andy Rok texted and apologized for all the language. He didn’t need to. Declan can handle it.
Besides, it gave us a chance to talk to the kid about the difference of intention behind the words. The guys were just saying them when they messed up their lines, not AT us. Had they been being mean to us, Andy might have something to apologize for.
In the end, what we got was some great outtakes for the video we were making.