Attention all parents:
If you have children and you take them out in public places, such as the Whole Foods that I go to, please keep an eye on your children. Okay? Please? Pretty please?
Graceful and I went to Whole Foods this morning. In the meat department, we were parked off to one side, when I heard a crashing sound. I turned around to find that two children (approximately 4 and 5 years old) had slammed their cart into ours, which then bumped into Graceful. (She's fine.) The children's mother moved her cart away from ours, but did not apologize to my child for being hit, nor did she reprimand her children. I asked Graceful if she was okay and the other mother just rolled her eyes and moved on.
Graceful and I were flabbergasted. And, so were a couple of other shoppers who saw what happened.
I mean, really, how bad is your parenting, if you aren't watching your children in a store? And how rude a person are you if you can't apologize to others?
And for those of you out there thinking I'm being too judgmental, let me assure you that my children never did anything like that when they were younger. They know what behavior is expected of them when we go out, plus I always kept a close eye on them. I've also taught them to excuse themselves or apologize if they bump into someone. If one of my girls had pushed a cart into another person, I can assure you that both she and I would have been apologizing profusely. It's just common courtesy.