Of course it made me angry, but what does the word "hate" really mean to a 9 year-old?
Let's consider some of its uses:
- "I hate ______!" (insert name of vegetable): This means: I don't like it, I won't try it. You can't make me!
- "I hate ______!" (insert school subject): This means: It's difficult, or they try to tell me what to do.
- "I hate Justin Beiber!": This means, I hate Justin Beiber, and really, who can blame him?
- "I hate cleaning my room!" : This is just an acknowledgement of a universal truth. Everyone hates cleaning.
- "I hate you!" : This means, as my mother, you are supposed to love me, even when I scream like this at you. You still love me, right? Wait, I'm going to throw something! Now do you still love me? Wait! I can scream louder! Louder still! I'm still screaming. I can do whatever I want and you still have to feed me breakfast! You can't deny me breakfast! It's illegal! Where's my breakfast? What do you mean I still have to go to school? I'm screaming!
So, in this short post I have proven when a 9 year old yells, "I hate you!" at his mother, what he really means is "I need a hug."