Thursday, September 02, 2010

Babies who lunch

J and I went out to lunch today around noon. It was a very hot day, and it was hot inside the restaurant. It was also crowded. Three moms, each with two children (one 3 or 4 year old , one baby around 1 or 1-1/2) had pulled two round tables together, and were seated around the perimeter of the tables with their six offspring. The babies were crying, squirming, and trying to run away. Silverware was being flung off the table every few minutes. Food was raining down from the table onto the floor. The wait staff were clearly annoyed. Other customers seemed less annoyed, but the noise level in the restaurant had clearly risen since the arrival of these folks.

I watched with a mixture of fascination, annoyance, respect, and thankfulness.
  • Fascinated to watch how other moms deal with their kids' misbehavior (they were pretty nonplussed by all the chaos)
  • Somewhat annoyed to listen to all the crying and chaos during lunch
  • I respect that they tried to go out to lunch even with kids in tow, something I really did very rarely when J was a baby or toddler
  • I felt very thankful that I'm no longer at that stage...J knows how to sit at a restaurant, order his food, and eat it. We might even have a conversation. Amazing, I know.

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