As a parent I’m usually quite hard to offend.
Most of the time I’ll shrug off comments or dirty looks from strangers when my children are misbehaving.
If I’m feeling nice I’ll joke and say “you only have to listen to this for a few minutes, I have to listen to it all day” – that usually puts things in to perspective for a lot of people.
For those ultra-judgmental people I reserve my acid-tongue response and often snarl back “gee I’m glad you’re not my mum” or “man it must be hard being so perfect” or “wow you really are an old fugging grump”.
But overall I get it – screaming, snotty and misbehaving kids ain’t exactly pretty, and honestly I’d prefer not to be dealing with it either.
Something that I did find particularly offensive and extremely over the top is this sign:
It reads: “Please DO NOT LET children PLAY with the flowers”.
And just in case we stupid parents didn’t get the message the first time, they put it under EVERY SINGLE FLOWER POT.
I suppose it’s because “nowadays kids are not disciplined the way they used to be” and “in my day children used to sit nice and quietly in public”.
I find it offensive, it’s basically telling us parents off before we’ve even done anything wrong!
My friend was the one who noticed it and made the very good observation that the signs actually detracts from the pretty
fugly fake flowers.
Surely one sign would have been sufficient? And why the signs at all? Does society really think us parents need more well-meaning advice about how to bring up and discipline our children?
Maybe it’s a not-so-subtle way to keep the cafe free of horrible little children?
If you allow me to get all conspiracy theory on your asses, read the capitalised words – DO NOT LET PLAY! Maybe there’s a whole generation of people who think we are giving our children too much free will?
Whatever the logic, I’m not impressed, one sign would have been sufficient
you fugging old grump.
What do you think? Am I over-reacting?
Tell me what nasty things you say to strangers who get all judgmental on you?
Linking with Mama Grace over at With Some Grace for FYBF