Why I hate Howard Stark
Anonymous asked you:May I ask why you don’t like Howard? I’m not trying to defend him or anything, I honestly just want to know your reasoning behind it :B. Please?
Here’s the thing. I babysat for Howard Stark.
Well, not really. But close enough. My mother was a molecular biologist, and her coworkers were brilliant, brilliant people. When I was around 13, I started being offered babysitting jobs, because their kids knew me from departmental gatherings, and kids liked me.
I started babysitting for the department head when I was 14. I was socially awkward, I had a big mouth, and I always did the wrong thing, so my mother was noticeably nervous about this.
He was a brilliant man. Double PhD, charming, warm, witty. He was very popular amongst his collegues, he had a wide assortment of friends, he did a lot of socializing, lots of parties.
He had two sons, they were 6 and 8 when I started babysitting for them. On the first day, their mother (a PhD and scientist in her own right) told me that if the kids were annoying, or troublesome, just to give them some candy or a new toy from the closet. I was 14, and I knew this was a bad idea, but I nodded and smiled.
The first night, the older boy threw a stoneware plate of pizza at my head. The rest of the night went worse.
Within the month, I realized that I was their only baby sitter because I was the only one who’d show up. I felt kind of bad for the boys, who see-sawed between being angry and destructive and being pathetically grateful when I’d read a story to them or color with them.
During a school break, their father came home in the middle of the day, and was honestly surprised to find me there with his kids. It was clear he had no idea what their school schedule was. But he explained that he was being called away to fill in for a sick collegue at some conference, then he was going straight on to a tour of another facility. He’d be back in three weeks.
The 8 year old went to hug him, and he stopped the boy, and explained, and I will hear this til my dying day, “Men don’t hug. Men shake hands.”
And I was like, “He’s eight. He’s EIGHT YEARS OLD. He’s not a man. He’s not even in double digits. He’s EIGHT.” It spoke to the fact that they really had no one else to sit for these kids that I kept my job, because I was furious.
His son went into the living room and broke the lamp. I didn’t really blame him.
Was he a bad human being? No. Was he incapbable of understanding how badly he was damaging his children? I think so, but what do I know? I was fourteen. But I was the one to pick the eight year old up and hug him and tell him that he could pick out a story to read, and I would read it as many times as he wanted.
I was the one to listen as he cried for the rest of the night.
When Tony Stark says, “He never told me he loved me, he never even told me he liked me,” that is an act of cruelty, off hand and unintended, beyond what I can comprehend. As someone who was told, constantly and without reservation, that I was loved and wanted, I cannot imagine growing up like that.
Do I think Howard Stark is a monster? Not at all. He might, just might, not have been capable of being a father, and unintentional things have massive consequences.
- clint: i can see what's happening
- bruce: what
- clint: and they don't have a clue
- bruce: who
- clint: they'll fall in love and here's the bottom line
- clint: our trio's down to two
- bruce: barton what in the hell are you talking about
- clint: the sweet caress of twilight
- clint: there's magic everywhere
- bruce: have you been reading thor's romance novels again
- clint: and with all this romantic atmosphere
- clint: DISASTER'S IN THE AIR
- bruce: clint leave steve and tony alone
- Legolas: THAT IS NO MERE RANGER
- Legolas: THAT IS ARAGORN II
- Legolas: SON OF ARATHORN II
- Legolas: SON OF ARADOR
- Aragorn: Legolas stop
- Legolas: SON OF ARGONUI
- Legolas: SON OF ARATHORN I
- Legolas: SON OF ARASSUIL
- Legolas: SON OF ARAHAD II
- Legolas: SON OF ARAVORN
- Boromir: is this really necessary
- Legolas: SON OF ARAGOST
- Legolas: SON OF ARAHAD I
- Legolas: SON OF ARAGLAS
- Legolas: SON OF ARAGORN I
- Gandalf: this could take a while
- Legolas: SON OF ARAVIR
- Legolas: SON OF ARANUIR
- Legolas: SON OF ARAHAEL
- Legolas: SON OF ARANARTH
- Legolas: SON OF ARVEDUI
- Legolas: SON OF ARAPHANT
- Elrond: good god man calm down
- Legolas: SON OF ARAVAL
- Legolas: SON OF ARVELEG II
- Legolas: SON OF ARVEGIL
- Legolas: SON OF ARGELEB II
- Frodo: *falls asleep*
- Legolas: SON OF ARAPHOR
- Legolas: SON OF ARVELEG I
- Legolas: SON OF ARGELEB I
- Legolas: SON OF MALVEGIL
- Gimli: this is ridiculous
- Legolas: SON OF CELEBRINDOR
- Legolas: SON OF MALLOR
- Legolas: SON OF BELEG
- Legolas: SON OF AMLAITH
- Aragorn: Legolas
- Legolas: SON OF EARENDUR
- Legolas: SON OF ELENDUR
- Legolas: SON OF VALANDUR
- Legolas: SON OF TARONDOR
- Aragorn: Legolas it's fine
- Legolas: SON OF TARCIL
- Legolas: SON OF ARANTAR
- Legolas: SON OF ELDACAR
- Legolas: SON OF VALANDIL
- Legolas: SON OF ISILDUR
- Gimli: finally
- Legolas: YOU OWE HIM YOUR ALLEGIANCE.
- Boromir: anything to make you shut up
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