At the new frozen yogurt and smoothie place in town we we indulging ourselves after a long walk, watching the kids run around in the shop. Screeching and playing as young ones will. They were toddler age, or just past it, and this had been going on for some time.
The shop owner asked who the parents were, and would they mind controlling their children? The young woman replied “Once they start running like that I can’t control them,” intending then to return to her gossip with her friend.
My wife remarked, as she sometimes will, “this isn’t a playground.”
The young woman thought a moment and said “Well, I guess I’m making it a playground.”
I have no idea what happened next, as we were leaving, but I’d bet that her parent-teacher conferences in a few years will be quite interesting. With an attitude like that I’m sure those kids will go far.