While there were many times my own parents likely felt the need to, as they say, “drop the bomb” on me during my formative years, they were on the whole quite subdued in their response to my youthful antics.
The same cannot be said for a Yemeni father who recently attempted to end his sons’ disobedience by tossing two grenades at them when they were at his house.
Earlier this month, according to police, the unidentified father, age 70, ran out of patience with his sons’ failure to abide by his instructions.
“After exhausting many methods of discipline, the father decided to bomb them,” according to gulfnews.com.
Shortly after his sons entered his house in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, the father threw the grenades in.
According to the Yemeni ministry of interior’s official website, the sons, aged 22 and 30, suffered shrapnel wounds in their legs, and were being treated in a hospital in the capital.
Police arrested the dad.
Among the many troubling questions raised by this account – besides the fact that someone would attempt to use an explosive device as a form of disciple:
Who throws grenades into his own house? Just how easy is it to procure explosives in Yemen? What other forms of discipline did the father attempt before turning to the tried and trusted hand grenade?
Hopefully the dysfunctional clan will have things patched up by the time Ramadan rolls around next summer.