The Bites of Summer

It’s summer.

Bees bite.

Spiders bite.

Mosquitoes bite.

Snakes bite.

Sometimes dogs bite.

It’s instinctual; they’re seeking prey or defending themselves from perceived danger.

And a soccer player bites when a match isn’t going his way.

In yoga today, a place where no one bites and we find inner peace and balance, the conversation turned to the latest news from the World Cup.

“Didn’t he have a mother?” asked Dana, the instructor.

Really, can we blame Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s biting behavior on his mother?

I don’t think so.

Then who?

A society that condones athletes and other celebrities behaving badly; that elevates people who are role models to youth worldwide above right and wrong.

FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, can ban Suarez for up to two years. But the referee claims he didn’t see the bite occur and no foul was called, despite the victim, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s display of tooth marks in his left shoulder. Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder

Kids bite sometimes and usually leave that behavior behind after nursery school. Should kids now assume biting is ok?

One can take precautions against bug bites: wear long sleeves and pants in the woods, wear repellant.  With snakes and dogs, don’t bother them and generally they’ll leave you alone.

With adults?

Adults who bite shouldn’t be allowed back in the game.

 

 

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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12 Responses to The Bites of Summer

  1. ksbeth says:

    ridiculous behavior and inexcusable that it is allowed to happen. i could not agree with you more.

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  2. susanissima says:

    Amen! Did you see the replays of Suarez’s teeth after the bite? It was horrific…reminded me of Hannibal Lector? And what’s really unthinkable is that this is supposedly his third biting attack, so after two he was still allowed to play. OUT!!!

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  3. Yes, out forever. He needs to apologize and go for anger management.

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  4. Apparently one needs quite the regiment of shots when bitten by a human. On a lighter note, I thought you might enjoy this quote about mosquito bites: “You know what’s probably a good thing to hang on your porch in the summertime, to keep mosquitoes away from you and your guests? Just a big bag of blood.”
    — Jack Handey
    Diana xo

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  5. Drjcwash says:

    Human bites over the years have been medical nightmares for me. Usually they occurred in after school fights in the old days. Rarely had an adult bitten unless it was a caretaker of a demented spouse or parent. So this whole incident is such a show of bad behavior, the team should be embarrassed. Thanks. I want go into why we need to protect against mosquito bites.

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  6. I am over sports now. I can’t condone the behavior of so very many teams coaches in not banning abusers, biters, et all. This is Hunger Games mentality.

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  7. They used to give tetanus shots to someonne bitten by a human. You are right. Right now i could get my teeth ito an ice cream cone.

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  8. My granddaughter bit her sister today at my house. She has issues with impulse control, and hadn’t had her meds. I wasn’t completely convinced she needed them until I saw this. She was contrite afterwards but clearly beyond self control when she did it. If she’d been younger, I might have bitten her back, but she’s 9. Such a complicated situation, so we talked it through and I explained yet again that physical violence is always wrong. We’ll see.

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  9. It’s scary to see– my grandson bit my grand-daughter– he’s nearly 5. Not on any meds or any other signs of problems. Hope all works out for your grandkids.

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  10. Colline says:

    I agree with you totally. Now that he has not had to face the consequences of his action, I am sure he will bite again.

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  11. A very well written post, Lisa. I was disgusted with such beastly immature behavior, especially when my husband told me that this had happened before. If a grown man can’t refrain from dangerous, harmful, and embarrassing behavior in a World Cup match then he doesn’t deserve to go out onto the field.
    Good sportsmanship should take precedence, but this isn’t the only kind of coddling and entitlement you see athletes get away with. On college campuses everywhere authorities, coaches, parents, turn a blind eye, saying ‘boys will be boys’ to excuse football players of date rape or worse.

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  12. Yes, and for every step forward there seems to be another two backward. The challenge never ends to raise awareness.

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