........but I wouldn't eat a whole one!
I had an excursion to a play centre place today, you know the kind of place, loud and brightly coloured, the particular one is in Greystones, it is a lovely one, very nice for the adults and children, comfortable with nice sofas and actually nice food (I had some lovely tomato and basil soup) and the kids love it, although the super slide was closed today as it was too slippy!
Now there was my lovely boy friend and myself and six children.....I know, I know...six! So we settled down kids ran off and started to have fun, boyfriend and I enjoyed some nice coffee and amused the baby. Just as I was starting to unclench, one of the kids runs over crying, there was trouble, some kids were picking on them, going around punching kids, spitting, biting, throwing balls at them, pushing them! OK, so this is the real world and this kind of thing happens, so its "Stay away from that kid then, don't let him bully you, and stay together in a group" But a couple of minutes later another one of them ran over, then we actually saw the kid in question, throwing stuff at our kids....so what do you do?
My boyfriend, hopped up, went over and did a bit of giving out, the kid looked about 8 and he started giving back cheek to my BF, I mean he was 8!!! So while my boyfriend is standing there he starts throwing balls at my 4 year old daughter.....!!!! I got up, walked after him, with an "Oi!" I had been looking and I knew who he was with, a woman in a wheelchair.....did that stop me? What do you think?
So I followed him, he was running ahead, and when I got to her he was saying it wasn't me...it was my brother, twin brother, she had them dressed the same, maybe so when this kind of thing happened it was impossible to tell who had done what. They were awful, I told her what had happened and she just shrugged her shoulders, "what can I do?"
Our visit was ruined by these kids, my friends daughter who was with us was hit in the head with a rope by one of them, she was actually marked! I was so angry, I have no idea how parents like that can bear to take their kids to public places, seriously if I was a mother of a child like that I would be mortified, I really wouldn't want to put myself in a position where I could be confronted from the parents of kids that my kid had hurt!
Ails did a post earlier in the week, talking about peoples lack of manners, and I am horrified by this, I have my own theory as to what has happened to society that has caused our acceptance of this kind of disrespectful behaviour, which I won't go into now, but it is really unacceptable, yet people do accept it!
My boyfriend was laughing, saying for someone who doesn't like conflict I had no problem approaching her, and she was in a wheelchair.....I mean I think maybe people leave her alone, ah her kids are brats but she's in a wheelchair, God love her! But isn't that the problem, isn't it what we all do, something happens, we are upset and angry but we just don't want any trouble so we don't say anything to the person making things difficult? But as my boyfriend pointed out there is one exception, if we are in our cars, then we feel safe, and we will beep or make hand gestures.
I am quite bad actually, I will confront people, strangers, if someone is exceptionally rude, pushing past me if I have stopped to let an elderly or infirm person pass me. I'm not a crazy lady but I do think that people should respect others. I have tried really hard to instill this in my children and I think it will make their lives easier, if they respect themselves and others. God maybe I am crazy?