Ok, what is up with all the boys peeing in public in France?
I have seen it several times since moving here and again today. It kinda reminds me of the dog doo. It’s dirty and it’s gross.
The little boy I saw today didn’t even want to pee on the tree his mother told him to go and pee on. Why? Because, he didn’t want myself and my girls to see him. He had the common sense to care that it was inappropiate. You know what his mother told him? She told him to pull his pants down good and low so he wouldn’t get any pee on them. I couldn’t believe it! She was dressed very nice and seemed educated. Yet, she had her son use a tree to pee on like a dog would. Now, I know they can’t live far because I see them walking all the time. Why couldn’t her son wait until he got home? I never see little girls peeing in public but only boys. So, girls are taught to wait while boys are told to pee on trees. I don’t get it.
I have seen boys peeing on trees right in the middle of Strasbourg. I was embarrased when my father on his first trip to France saw a little boy being forced to pee on a tree in Place Kleber. If you know Strasbourg you will understand how surprised I was when my dad told me about it. Place Kleber is very busy. The boy’s grandmother made him pee on a tree when there are public restrooms right there under the ground. All the kid had to do was walk down some stairs and go to a restroom in privacy.
I love France and I hate generalizations. However, I have seen it with my own eyes enough that I am worried.
Can someone tell me that I am just unlucky and all the idiots wait until I am around or my family to have their sons pee on trees like a dog? Someone tell that this is not a normal practice in France. Please. I am trying not to believe that it is. However, I am starting to think it may very well be after seeing it today not one month after I saw it last being done. I have seen this at least 10 times since living here.
I love France and this is by no means a reason for me to want to move. I just want to understand why I keep seeing it.
Is this a cultural difference or unusual behavior?