I enjoyed this SO much, though I do actually think many “non parents” have a lot to add, but not when their thoughts are based on their imaginary non-existent children. I find adults who complain about children’s manners often actually seem to be living in a narcissistic fantasy world in which they must never ever have to “put up” with anything moderately uncomfortable (and not about them). Alternately, they are in a fantasy where their parenting was flawless and their faulty memory keeps telling them that’s true. What do you think?
To the fan I lost yesterday:
I don’t owe you an explanation, but I thought I’d offer one anyway. I do this more for your sake than mine. You see, maybe, as you later suggested, I was in a bad mood. Maybe I could have been a bit more polite about it. Maybe I’m more sensitive to it now that I have kids. Maybe I’m just sick of hearing these comments about parents. Maybe I know that my wife has to take the twins with her when she goes grocery shopping sometimes, so she could easily be on the receiving end of your sort of bullying. Maybe I took it personally.
Whatever the case, there I was, walking down the aisles of the grocery store looking for the ingredients for a new chili recipe I wanted to try. I heard the kid screaming from a distance; the whole store heard…
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