So last night was no different. As soon as I enter the store and the produce section there is a late twenties couple with a toddler who is probably almost 3 and a baby who looks to be about 9 months old. Mom is laying someone low on the phone because really isn't the produce section the perfect place to do that? Dad is sporting a dirty mullet and a bad attitude.
(example photo)I move on my merry way but come across them in the frozen food section later on. The toddler is beginning a melt down and the poor baby is so tired she can't stand it anymore and starts crying and waving her arms, obviously wanting to be picked up so she can go to sleep (likely). It is 10 pm so why aren’t she and brother at home asleep with Dad watching over the house while Mom does the shopping? Dad was doing a whole lot of nothing including refusing to pick up the tired baby as if she was to learn some lesson from this experience.
It takes a whole lot of restraint for me not to say, "Hey! Pick that baby up and give her a cuddle so she can go to sleep and why you are at it head to the car so that you can drive her home and put her to bed where she belongs Mr. Mullet sir!" I do use restraint and I don't say anything but I did nearly burn a hole through that Mullet with my glares of disapproval (okay so I was behind him and he never actually saw the glare but I knew I was glaring).
Where were all the older ladies who want to give me advise in the Wal-Mart about my kid/kids when I needed them?
Speaking of advise, when we took the walk the other day to calm down one of my neighbors was outside with his dog Susie the Poodle. She is the cutest sweetest little thing and wiggles her way up to us for the kids to pet her. She was a great diversion. Her owner proceeded to reprimand us and advised we be careful not to let the kids in/near the street while walking. I just smile and say thanks but I was thinking - one Mom, one Nan, and 4 kids walking down our neighborhood street = visibility from a far I believe. And secondly these kids have some size on them by this point in time and we haven't lost one yet to a traffic situation. But apparently I command advise just by my very presence. Go figure. It must be that look of confusion which I wear so well.