The above picture is of a goodie back that was handed to airline passengers by a mom who was pre-apologizing for her child in-flight baby noises. Just in case. My wife who was flying on the plane was given one and she was taken aback that this mom felt the need to go to such lengths.
Sometimes in church, my boys get antsy from sitting on the not-too-comfortable chairs. They start doing what kids their ages to, be kids their ages. My first instinct is usually to tell them to behave like good kids. Well how exactly does a good kid behave? Like a robot? Or I when they are running around the house, I would start with, “Why can’t you behave like a…” Like a what? A grown up? A teenager? Time enough for that later in life. Right now it’s all about exercising their status as kids. Yes, I know, within reason. The same reasons that we stayed within when we were kids. Remember those times? We were so quiet on planes and buses. Not a peep out of us. Look at us now, frowning at other parent’s kids. “How dare she let her baby cry? Or stand? Or move? Or breathe?”
I feel for this parent who had to resort to this. It’s not her fault and it’s not the fault of the kid. Airline passengers have to deal with terrorists, drunk and unruly flyers, the least they could do is tolerate the temporary wailing of a newborn baby exercising its healthy lungs. If they can’t, then maybe they are the ones needing to handout goodie bags to the poor kids who have to share space with people like that.
And you know what? If my kid is disrespectful to you, I would apologize and have a ‘talk’ with him. If my kid cries in your presence, don’t look at me for an apology, there would be none coming. In fact, don’t even look at me because I know what you would be thinking…
But that’s just My Take, no offense.
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