So, as you might have read, we recently travelled to California. I just have to share some of the … thoughtful things people said to me in flight and during a layover … and some of my responses.
On our way to Cali, we were boarding our connecting flight and Faith and Felicity got into a squabble about who got to sit next to the window. Felicity lost and began to cry about it. It wasn’t a loud, uncontrollable, screaming fit, it was pretty quiet and was sure to pass within a few minutes. A man sitting up and across from me, waves for my attention and asked me if I wanted a bag of cookie for my crying child. I thanked him for his offer but told him she was not behaving and I don’t reward naughty behavior with treats. His eyes bugged out of his head, he laughed at me, and said oh what-ever you say, Moooom, you know better than I do. Heavy on his sarcasm ofcourse. Then proceeded to tell the people around him that I was crazy and didn’t want to take control of the crying situation, that, by that point, was almost under control, but I still wasn’t going to reward cookies after a fit.
And, during a layover on our way home, I was sitting with the kids while Lowell wandered around to look for the least expensive snack he could find. The kids played nicely and quietly as I sat and watched people rushing to and from their flights. One woman stopped, looked at me, curled her lip and said “Are all those your’s?” like I was herding dogs or something. I smiled and said, “Yes, these are my children.” As she scoffed and turned away, she said “Well God bless you…no, God bless you twice because you obviously need it!” Ooookay, God bless you too…. then there was the kindly old gentleman who walked by, no shuffled by, and asked “That your brood?” I replied with a smile, “Yes, these are my children” and he said “Boy, you sure have your hands full!” Still smiling, I said, “Yes, full of blessings.” and he stopped, laughed and said, “Blessings? Is that what they call them nowadays?”
My poor kids. I’m happy their little ears don’t know any better! I mean what if they were older and knew enough to pay attention to the passers by? They would have been so upset to hear what people think/say, I was upset by it…and that was what they had to say about kids behaving themselves. Sheesh!