So I almost told a stranger to Eff off
December 16, 2008
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Worm and I were in the check out line at Toys R Us the other day and he was playing with a tube of lip balm. The lady in line behind me says “Oh! He has the top off that!” So I explain that lip balm is his favorite toy and taking the top off & putting it back on is part of the appeal. She then says “But aren’t you afraid he is going to put it in his mouth?” I told her that he was past the mouthy stage.
This is the point where she needed to drop it.
I understand her concern. I sometimes express my concerns to strangers about their kids, but I try to just be informative, not preachy. I would have stopped with “Oh! He has the top of that.” If the parent indicated prior knowledge of this, I would let it go.
She just can’t let it go. She says “You really need to take that away from him”. I say “Here, let me show you what will happen.”
I take the lip balm and he freaks. There is no build up. He goes from zero to snot flying in 2.4 seconds. I give it back to him, he is fine.
She says “He’ll get over it.”
At this point I am DONE with the conversation. Here is what I said to her in my head.
You don’t know me. You don’t know my kid. You don’t know that he will scream for an hour and a half or longer if I take away something he wants. I assume longer because an hour and a half is the longest I have ever waited him out. I understand that lip balm is a choking hazard. It is a risk I have chosen to take, so SHUT THE EFF UP YOU NOSY, HOLIER THAN THOU, SELF-APPOINTED LIP BALM POLICE.
Out loud I said “Thanks for your concern.”