… who are annoyed by our kids.
I’m so sorry we ruin your dining-out experience with your loved one. It’s just we gotta bring our kids out because noone watches them at home. At this point, we still don’t trust a babysitter to watch them in our house. We’re tired of eating at Chick-fil-A and Applebee’s and now we really want to have good sushi. This fancy restaurant is the only place that serves good sushi in town. I’m not eating sushi from Chinese Buffet restaurant, I’m not. And I’m not taking salmon sashimi home.
I’m so sorry that our kids talk a little louder than they’re supposed to. And one of them climbs out her high-chair, gets to your table, and interrupts your dinner by saying “hi” and acting silly. I train my kids to behave in public, but once in awhile, they fail us, they really do.
I’m so sorry that my kids run around at grocery stores. Because everything looks new to them, everything excites them. But you have to believe me, I try hard for them not bothering anyone. Most of the time they agree to stay in the shopping cart, but after awhile they want to get out and see what’s happening. Bless Basha’s with its supervised play center Cub House. But you cannot expect us to shop there all the time. We need to be pretentious too, we sometimes shop at AJ’s Fine Foods.
But most of all, I’m so very sorry, my kids cried for many-many hours in the plane from LA to Tokyo. I miscalculated, I thought my then 9-months-old twins would make a great international traveler even would have their own frequent flyer card. I’m still traumatized to travel because it was simply painful for me to watch them cry, but it really was unfair for you to experience that too.
As a parent with younger kids, I try to minimize the uncomfortable situation with you strangers, by calculating the feasibility of taking my kids to public place. I discipline them and when they really act out, you bet I would remove them from the venue and take them home. But once in awhile our guard is weaken and unpredictable event becomes unavoidable. There’s always shitty moment, and we beg you to understand.
We parents with younger kids just ask for your kindness, to have a never-ending tolerance for these little people that somehow cross their path with you. I know they are not even yours yet they often step in your comfort zone and ruin your mood. But hey, sometimes in life we have to deal with things that are not pleasant.
And for what it’s worth, we’re all once little kid.
A mother of soon-to-be 5 years old, and 2 years old twins.
This has been a guest post by one of my Indonesian friend/blogger/writer. She’s an awesome writer, her writing has been featured on Indonesian magazines (pssst, she used to have her own sex column). Uly Siregar is a former Indonesian journalist, currently a contributor for a newspaper in Jakarta and a grad student. She lives in a quiet suburb in Arizona with a husband and three little girl. Read more about Uly Siregar and please show her some love.