Fortunately for my husband, he agreed with his pregnant wife’s whimsical idea/craving. So I made reservations and we were off to get everyone bathed and ready for dinner. This would be my girls’ first Japanese steak house experience and I wanted them to be dressed up for the occasion.
Adorning tutus and ribbons in their hair, we arrived exactly on time and were seated by ourselves at a serving station. A few moments later, a group of three adults joined us at our table, two women and a man. When the waitress asked them “would you like an alcoholic beverage?” I overheard one of the women say, “well, I do now, more than ever” as she eyed my children across the table from her.
The comment annoyed me deeply, but I let it slide.
After a few other rude comments throughout dinner (i.e. play-by-play commentary re: how my kids were eating their food, like passing food back and forth on each others’ plates), I was beginning to self-combust, and was on the verge of losing it with a complete stranger.
Afterall, my kids were on their uber best behavior and hadn’t done anything wrong. Neither one had screamed, made loud noises, and both were sitting in their seats properly throughout the entire cooking show and dinner (which I can honestly say is not normally the case). In my mind, I had already told her what a rude and obnoxious woman she was and that in case she hadn’t noticed, the entire restaurant was full of families with children for dinner at 5:30pm. If children bothered her THAT much, why not eat out a little later or request a table sans kids?
So instead of causing a scene in front of my children that I would surely regret later, we left gracefully, with doggie bags in tow.
Given our experience dining out, I couldn’t help but read this article on Restaurants Charging a Baby Tax when I saw the headline the other day.
Children have been around since the beginning of time. Why do some adults seem to forget that they, themselves, were once children? Where has our societal patience, tolerance and acceptance gone? I often hear adults talking about an “entitlement problem” with the youth in our country. But in this case, I think it’s the other way around. Why do some adults feel that it is their divine right to go out in public and not expect to be anywhere around children?
-Have you had any similar experiences while taking your children out in public?
-What would you have done in this situation?
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