Ok…tell me you have had a moment like this….
I’m having lunch in a sandwich shop with my family and 2 of our friends. I see a young couple, clearly first-time parents. They are carrying a baby in a pumpkin seat. They grab a standard high chair and proceed to try to balance the pumpkin seat on it (if you have ever tried this, you KNOW it doesn’t work.)
Because I know a solution (turn the high chair over…the seat fits snuggly and safely…and YOU can enjoy your meal) I speak up. I say, “If you turn the high chair over, the pumpkin seat will fit”. The father glanced in my direction, giving me a look that clearly said, “Peasant, you know nothing”. He continued, for about another minute and a half, to try to get the seat to balance. Unsuccessful. So, he flipped the high chair over and PRESTO!, the baby was safe and balanced.
No smile of acknowledgement. No smile at all. No ‘thank you’. No ‘Wow, who knew?’.
So, I ask…should I keep my mouth shut? I truly thought I was being helpful. I am grateful when someone provides me with a solution…especially when it relates to kids.
I would understand their disdain if I had tried to step in while they were disciplining a toddler, tried to break up a fight between siblings, or commented on their parenting, but, seriously! We’re talking about a high chair!
If speaking up is offense, I guess I have to learn to pipe down.
What do you think?