…and they all seem to frequent the local shopping centre.
Our local plaza provides free holiday entertainment for the kids. Its a nice idea and the entertainers are sometimes really good.
So after our little visit to the fruit shop and butchers today, we sat for a few minutes to watch a show. The kiddies were invited to come to an area in front of the stage where they could dance, and the parents were provided with plenty of chairs on which to rest their weary butts (or elbows for those too stupid to know the difference).
So my kids walk down to the front and start shaking their groove thang.
I’m sitting about 5 m away down the aisle and can see them clearly.
Its all good.
Next thing a lady and her 2 year old wobble walk down the aisle and the Mum plonks herself on the floor next to my dancing kids, while her 2 year old plays the age old game of run-up-and-down-the-aisle-whilst-screaming-at-the-top-of-your-lungs.
Still all good.
My 4 year old son does a crazy dance move and accidentally hits the 2 year old*. I start to get up to make sure the little kid is alright and the “sorry”s are said when:
The BitchMother Woman SMACKS My Son.
I’m suddenly in a dream where I’m running and running and not going anywhere. Luckily my kids were not stuck in the same dream and managed to leap numerous shopping bags to get back to me.
But I’m gob smacked.
Did that fuckknuckle woman really just smack my boy on the bum????
Did I see that right?
Maybe I need my eyes tested but its just looked like that areshat woman slapped my boy on the bum.
So I lean down and look into my boys face – he’s gone white and is shaking and wanting to go home. No crying though, ‘cuz he’s tough like that. Or Just Completely Freaked Out.
So my girl starts filling me in on the finer detail (my boy was saying “sorry” even as the bitch was smacking him) and I’m thinking that my boy does need to be more careful for sure, but in what universe is it alright to hit a kid for an accident ??#
So my inner Mummy-Bear starts looking around for the slap-happy bitch the woman so that I can express my displeasure at the fact that she Purposely Slapped A Four Year Old when I see…
… not a trace of her or her offspring.
She fled the scene.
Maybe it was the look on my face that scared her off, maybe my boy hit the kid harder than I thought – I’m not sure.
It was probably a good thing that she left because I was Not Happy … and the time was better spent reassuring my boy.
Meanwhile, I’m now worried about her kid and wondering whether she gets slapped for spilling her milk or pooing her pants … or whether the smacking is reserved for the children of strangers.
Either way, the next time I get groceries I’ve got three nasty arsehats to watch out for.
*I feel I have to add that my kids are pretty well behaved. They don’t go around hitting other children as a matter of course. In fact their behaviour makes me proud to be their Mum.
#If by some chance you’ve googled “smacking” and stumbled upon this blog and want to tell me why you think its fine to beat children, be aware that I’ll just delete your comment .