This is my first attempt at the Weekly Writing Challenge. Please be gentle with me.
My friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal one evening. We were seated next to a family with a child who started screaming in my ear as soon as I sat down.
I asked (more like begged) the hostess if we could be seated elsewhere. As we walked by their table, the mother shot me a dirty look and said, “She’s a child….everybody likes children.”
So I shot her an even dirtier look and said, “Ok….great…I’ll bring my dog and when he barks, I’ll say “He’s a dog….everybody likes dogs.” Zing.
Don’t get me wrong….I like kids. I like well-behaved, well-mannered, respectful kids. Not everyone wants to sit in a restaurant with kids that scream and run riot all over the place.
That’s why I wasn’t surprised when I came across this article last year: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2011/07/16/mcdains-restaurant-children-policy-in-effect/
I certainly applaud the owner’s courage. If your kids are bad, leave them with a babysitter. But if they can conduct themselves appropriately, then yes, bring them along! It would be great to see.
Parents just need to remember: Your children may be the center of YOUR universe, but they are not the center of THE Universe.