Oh Dee Why Grand, can I just start with a big eye roll, and a shake of my head. In belief. At you.
Children should be seen, and not heard? Bitch, please.
For those of you playing along at home who don't know, Dee Why Grand is a shopping centre in an upper class Sydney suburb who now proudly boasts this sign;
Can I just say that I can not stand screamy, run amok children, really I can't ... BUT SERIOUSLY?
I am the Mum walking to school in the morning who is continually calling out her daughter's name because she is running off ahead of us. Maybe seven out of ten times she listens. There are three times that she does not. When we go out to dinner, both my big kids behave then we hit a point where they get over it, and began to fuss. That's usually our queue to leave, but if i'm only half way through my meal? Yeah, they can wait five.
And while we're on the subject, I feel like I need to include that my kids don't run and fuss and have 'moments' because they're bastards, nor because I'm some half-assed push over ... but because there are children. You know, noise and dirt and laughter and boundless energy?
And whatever happened to our village? Remember, the one to help raise a child. The village has gone in the way of folk becoming so blind sighted by their own needs that they seem to forget that kids are well, kids. As opposed to little robots who follow all direction, all day. Must be robots because I sure as hell have not come across a child to do the same!
That said, I am all for consideration of others. When I'm at the shops, I clear my rubbish off the table, apologise if I bump into someone, put my trolley back in the bay, so on and so forth, but this is just ridiculous.
But while we're talking about consideration of other shoppers, I'd be interested to know will the same expectations extend to:
- School kids, hanging out and trying to notch up street cred by dropping f-bombs and c-bombs?
- Smokers, who hang out by the doors of the shopping centre, blowing smoke in the direction of
anyone walking in or out?
- Shoppers who use the public toilets, and leave skidmarks or drops of wee on the seat?
- Bogans, who walk around with their ass cracks hanging out?
- People who park in seniors or parents with prams parking, who are neither aged or using a pram?
- Lazy-ass folks who can not be assed walking the 10 steps to the trolley bay, instead opting to
leave their trolleys in between spots?
But why not?
Why are petulant, self centered cries of "I just want to drink my tea in peace!" more important?
I agree that some parents really could stand to reign their kids in a little but to target every parent of every child who steps foot in your food court? How are you encouraging a culture of tolerance by doing this?
Put your head out of your asses, stat!