Originally Posted by Lumutqueen
Totally agree. It's a snowball fight, not like they're playing with live ammunition
. Harry has a very serious job at home, let him have some fun on his holiday
. I'm envious of Harry who gets to play in the snow at Christmas, all we've had is rain.
Hard-packed snowballs are 'ammunition'. Until you've been the recipient of an ice-ball that's hurtled through the air, you may not have enough experience to judge. If this is true, he's a jerk.
So if Harry is on holiday
he is given a pass on boorish behavior?
I wondered when Harry's 'serious job' would be brought into it - as though that is a mitigating factor that should exonerate boorish behavior.
No one is saying snowball fights are not fun. The problem here is that Harry was throwing snowballs - which were probably packed tight and were thus hard (as many are trying to explain but doesn't seem to be sinking in) - at unsuspecting
people. Those are the two essential points - 1) hard balls thrown at 2) unsuspecting people.
If Harry were shown having a snowball fight among his mates there would be no conversation - just 'awww, how cute' - and I'd smile, too. If its true, its the snow balls (that are likely hard - since he was shaping them with his bare hands - snow melts with bare hands - hence, hard balls result) thrown at unsuspecting
people that are the issue and are reflecting negatively on Harry.
Originally Posted by EIIR
Harry is mischievous, always has been and probably always will be. I personally hope he never grows out of that sense of fun. I think it'll make him a really wonderful father some day, as well as a much loved uncle.
I'm the same age as Harry, and in my experience of men our age, get them all in one place, on holiday with a liberal amount of alcohol (and in this case nothing else to do as the slopes were closed) and you get silly pranks like this. Silly, but probably harmless.
Its a very endearing picture you paint - and I would agree - except for the two facts I've stated above: potentially hard balls thrown at unsuspecting people. Nothing endearing about this lack of care with others - and nothing I'd want an uncle teaching my children. The truth is, Harry will just have to become a father for him to start showing some sense about these things - or one would hope. Fun is one thing - fun at others' expense is quite another.