Thursday we decided to go to The Picture People to get family pictures done. If you can believe it, these are our first professional pictures as a family! But I had a coupon and I was determined to get a picture of us in our Cardinals gear.
The pictures went quick (the wait time is a whole different story!) and they didn’t pressure me to buy more (bonus!). We had to wait longer than we normally do so we decided to get some lunch at the mall.
Walking down the mall, we came across a mother shopping at a small kiosk and ignoring her crying, screaming daughter who was on the floor pounding her fists and legs on the floor. Screaming. I whispered to Heath and said “That would never be us. We would pick up our child in a public place. We would never act like that”. Yes, I was judging. But the mother was ignoring her child!
We went to California Pizza Kitchen and Hayden was in a MOOD. He hadn’t taken a nap (I went off routine!) and he wanted OUT of the stroller. We got a booth right away and ordered fairly quickly but Hayden was antsy so I pulled out my Mary Poppins bag (aka Purse).
Buzz and Woody? No!
Snacks and Juice? No!
He starts out with a full blown screaming tantrum. I picked him up and held him and was prepared to run out of the restaurant. Heath said not to leave but I didn’t want to annoy people.
That’s when I looked to my left. Sitting in a booth were two young mothers, each holding an adorable, cooing newborn while they ate. They look at each other. Then they look at me. And then it hits me. They are giving me LOOKS OF PITY! And smugness!
I just know they are thinking while holding their bundles of joy, “Oh, my child will never act like that in public”. They continue to whisper and stare at Hayden. As I was getting ready to make a run for it with my sobbing toddler, the waiter comes with the glorious kids pizza.
Hayden helped me blow on the pizza to cool it off and then we had a wonderful lunch.
My panic was gone and I was able to relax and give those mothers a smile and they smiled back.
But then I started thinking about my judging of the mother earlier. Should I have judged? I know that I was being judged in CPK, and probably not just by those mothers. It’s not a good feeling. I make myself feel a little better by saying at least I was paying attention to my child. Look, I’m still judging!
I need to end this post! 🙂
Okay, I’ll go ahead and share the pictures that were taken. Here’s a link to the coupon I used that expires on Tuesday, if anyone wants to go!