After a week of Christmas Shopping, some would call it eating out I feel the need to mention that children are people too… and what better place than on our blog and I will pop it into the Steady Mom’s 30 minute challenge because really a mother person can only gripe for so long before she gets back to reality. And I must mention that my reality is most people are lovely towards our kids, and let me say that most places we go to the service is fine… but there are a few places and events that stand out:
- In the Store:
Have you ever noticed when you go into certain stores with your kids how the store attendants get very attentive: Looking my kids in the eye and saying “whatever breaks consider it sold” Just look around, my kids are with me, they are sticking like glue, they are naturally curious – but it is the adult shoppers that are really exploring, touching everything, “look at this darling,” if I just remove the packaging will this look good on my mantle. Not to mention reading books and magazines, but heaven help the child that picks up a book to read the splab on the back cover. Oh my word… it is very hard to find a kid friendly store. And for some reason, the worst are toy stores, where somehow the merchandise is more precious than others – which tells you just how sturdy the toys they are selling are!!!
- In a Restaurant:
Where your kids have waited patiently for over forty minutes for their food, then an adult table arrives and their food arrives almost instantly. It is the adults that have called the waiters fifty bazillion times for extra drinks and to change their order. You have no idea how this annoys me!!! My kids would never dream of calling the waiters constantly for attention, they know they would have to wait even longer. I am not saying serve the kids first just respect their place in the order of things and serve folk as they arrive. Unless of course you are intending to charge them half price and treat them like half citizens… but last time I looked we paid the full price for our kids, not to mention the extra service charge for a “large group table.” I am not asking for special treatment, just treat my kids like the paying customers they are.
- In a Gallery or Museum:
We have been in art galleries and museums where we have been followed the entire time with security (in case we touch)… My kids weren’t the ones photographing in a no photography zone, my kids were not the ones gently delving their fingernails into the frame to see if it really was gold, my kids weren’t talking on their cells phones or being excessively noisy as they argued over who the artist was… Hang on those were the adult perpetrators!!!
- On a Plane:
You have never seen adults scramble faster than when you get on a plane with a couple kids. But folks, especially if you fly at night, kids sleep eventually… It is the adult passengers that call for service all night long, that climb over you twenty million times a night to get to the bathroom, that have all-night-long conversations, and then laugh out loud and guffaw through movies at two in the morning but they have got head phones on and can’t hear themselves… Kids sleep, what a hassle!
- At The Beach:
How many times have we arrived at the beach to have neighboring folk grumble about people with heaps of kids and now their peace is ruined, – hello it is the beach!!! What they don’t know as they pack up their stuff and scuttle away is that kids are at the beach for two things… to dig and to paddle, all this happens at the waters edge a fair distance from any discerning mother with a pile of beach towels, bags and a book!!!
- In an Audience:
Oh my word. Adults of this world it is all very well to be smiling at the child next to you all the while hissing to the folk that you are with that you hope these kids behave… because if you ever stop and listen to an audience it is the adults (ahem) clearing their throats and spluttering, it is the adults phones that haven’t been put on silent, it is the adults scrabbling in their bag for a tissue, it is the adult unwrapping a cough drop for their scratchy throat… yes my kids might laugh louder than necessary, clap with greater enthusiasm than is required, but they will also be completely engaged in any good performance and you probably won’t hear from them from start to finish!!!
- In General:
How many friendly faces have bent down to my kids and said: “Have your parents not heard of over-population…?” Yes, their parents have and since these folks are so concerned about it maybe they could start solving the problem with themselves. How many people say to me: “I couldn’t stand more than two kids,” with their own kids standing right there!!! Well we happen to like our kids and I am sorry some folks’ kids are unbearable!!! The message is clear, there are some of my kids I shouldn’t like very much and just do away with – sorry folks I love them all totally!!!
I guess it is not such a Victorian idea that children should be seen and not heard – my kids have learnt this lesson and know it to be true… By the time they are adults they will have learnt to travel incognito and will make an excellent team of spies. I guess what I am saying is that I wish that before folk went on about human rights and especially children’s rights they might want to consider (or reconsider!!!) what is tumbling out of their mouths.
This Post is part of The Thirty Minute Mom’s Challenge at Steady Mom.