I feel like I have to blog about this because this incident happened at noon today and I am still upset about it. I was at trader joes with all 3 boys...Bobby in the ergo...bodie in the cart ( which he HATES) and Bryson walking next to me...I try not to grocery shop with all of them but it could not be helped today...anyway...bodie took his hat off and threw it down...I didnt see him do it and asked Bryson why the hat was on the ground...before he could answer this older lady (probably 80 or so) told me..."it was him in the cart! I saw him" hmmmm...I thought..."I'm not surprised" I said. Bryson picked it up and gave it to me and then that little old lady said in a nasty voice, "so...is he going to live the rest of his life having other people pick up after him?"
Uhhhhhhh....shocked that she would say such a bold and rude thing I said, "well...no...but he is 2....and he is in the cart"
What I Wanted to say was...."what do you expect me to do? Oh wise one who knows how to raise strangers' children? Lift 32 pounds out of the cart, while carrying an additional 20 pounds on my chest to make him pick up a hat and teach him a lesson he doesn't have the capability to understand?"
I think why I am so upset (usually i let it roll off my back) is that there has been about 10 different experiences like that my husband and I have had with older people and I just can not help but think how much more powerful and empactful they could have been with a little grace and a tender heart. I hope that when I am older I won't forget how difficult this phase in life is and that I show other parents grace and am able to be a tiny little positive influence in their day...
Have you guys Experienced this phenomena too or is it just me?