Saturday, Belén and I went to the mall to use our 30% off coupon at The Childrens Place. Since we go to the mall so infrequently, I took the opportunity to hit the Bobbi Brown make-up counter to get a replacement for my gel eyeliner whose glass case had been dropped on the ground and cracked as well as new moisturizer with sun protection and some lotion. It took a little longer than I was expecting which ended up leaving Belén in a very hungry state which resulted in her very clearly signing to me that she wanted to eat.
Consequently, we b-lined it to the pretzel store and soon found ourselves sharing a pretzel at a table next to a woman and who I gathered were her four kids, one of whom was a baby less than a year old.
As Belén and I blissfully began to fill our bellies (I was hungry too), it was really impossible not to overhear the conversation at the next table. It went something like this:
Mom to Baby: “Shut up. STOP. Stop, STOP. BE QUI-ET!”
Mom to Other Kids: “He gets this from you guys. You make him cry. This is ALL because of you.”
Kids talking a little bit and addressing their mother.
Mom to Other Kids: “SHUT your mouths. Shut them. BE QUIET. Shut UP!”
Even three days later, the encounter almost brings tears to my eyes. Now I don’t mean to be judgmental and I don’t know what that woman was going through and to be fair, I don’t even know if she was their mom or what the situation was, but oh my goodness it broke my heart. Here Belén and I were merrily sharing our pretzel and these five other individuals were in what from an outsiders perspective seemed like misery.
I can never imagine a situation where I would talk to my child or any other child in that manner. It was seriously SO sad.
My dilemma was what to do. I will cut to the outcome and just tell you that I did nothing except for saying, upon getting up to leave, “Come on Belén, let’s get away from this negativity.” HELLO PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE ALECIA! But I was really torn about if I should say or do anything. It was none of my business but seriously those POOR kids.
What would you have done in this situation?