today, i was having dinner with some friends of my parents and their two small children. they have a daughter who is 8 years old. after dinner, i asked if she wanted ice cream. she said yes. then her dad joked, "no, you don't need ice cream, you're too fat!" this was intended to be a joke because this little girl is, well, little girl skinny and she's obviously not fat. but i still was shocked that such a joke was made to such a young child!
i wanted to say something, but i didn't have the guts. i wish i had.
have any of you been in similar situations? would you have said anything in this case? if so, what? how do "jokes" like that make you feel?