Gotta love this city. With the weather doing its best to get warm and giving us some fabulous days after the most awful winter, the people of New York have been taking to the streets and parks by the masses. If you hate crowds you would not have like Central Park last weekend when it was in the 90's. People were literally walking around half naked. A friend said she saw a lady playing duck-duck-goose topless. How's that for a visual?
I like this picture because you can't tell what I'm doing to Toby. Is it a kind and sweet, I love you little boy picture, or an if you do that one more time we're going home, do you understand? kind of picture. Or did I just throw the football at his eye and he was trying to be tough while I made sure he could see? Take a gander.
Anyway, we saw plenty of craziness there and loved every minute of it. Also had a number of celebrity sightings this week, which are always fun! Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and her husband William Macy ran by me in the park as I stood there with this awful smile, gawking at them. So lame.
And this other dude from Desperate Housewives and a number of other things, Roger Bart, I think he lives right by us cause he was just outside talking on the phone. And then some other actress at Whole Foods but I don't know her name. Like I said, always fun!
And because New York has all kinds of people living here we also had to put up with some who should just continue to stay inside year round. Like the lovely lady who felt the need to come up to me on the corner and ask me if I was the babysitter or the Mother.
When I responded, "The Mother," she rolled her eyes and said, "Oh boy!" Who does that?
When I asked her if she had something to say to me she said, "Well I just hope these children are safe with you as the Mother."
After fighting back my initial reaction which was to abandon my stroller and tackle this woman in the middle of the crosswalk, I gave her a small piece of my mind, but not enough as I was cut short by having to follow after the boys instead of go in her same path. And for the rest of the day, and even into the week, I just kept thinking of the nerve and the meanness of this woman.
You're probably thinking that my boys must have been jumping off their bunk beds in public or speeding down the hill in the park without helmets or something totally reckless that I would "never" let them do. But they weren't. They were being abnormally good and safe and even had their helmets on. They hadn't cut her off or anything so the fact that she felt the need to come warn me of my parenting skills was totally unnecessary. Maybe on another occasion she could have been justified-but not this time.
So here's the deal. It bothered me so much because I'm getting a little fed up with people judging and feeling the need to say something. And when they do say something I want to go into this long explanation of how I know my children's capabilities, we do this all the time, they're very agile, mind your business, just because you raised pansies..., yadayadayada. But I don't have the time when I'm running down the sidewalk or whatever. So I need a good one liner that I can throw out there, that doesn't make me look out of control, is not too offensive (no profanity Dad), but gets my point across. Because, I'm sorry, these people just need to be put in check. Unless my kid is about to die--mind your own business people!!!
The wound was reopened today when I read my friend Katie's blog about another unpleasant encounter of someone shushing her daughter. I need a way to shush these bad-mannered people who forget or who have never known what it's like to raise little kids without taking all the fun out of it. So give me something great to say so I don't have to go a week thinking about what I should've said to that nasty old lady.
And yes, I know, this is SO NOT WJWD.