So I was talking to a couple of my girlfriends on the phone the other day, and one of the classic quandaries came up. What do you do when Mom's with sick babies come around your healthy baby? Common sense says, "MOVE!" So let me rephrase that, How do you be polite when a Mom with a sick baby is allowing her baby to woller all over your healthy baby? So let me start at the beginning of our short tale.
The other day at the wrestling tournament my friend Mary was there with her little girl, who is under one year of age. She was sitting on the bleachers minding her own business, when a Mommy spotted her, because women with other babies have that radar on all the time. So this gal meanders over to where Mary is, carrying her little boy on her hip. Of course, Mary makes eye contact with her, and they look at each others offspring and tenderly smile. Which is then a silent cue for the other lady to sit down and converse. However, on closer inspection Mary notices that the little boy has a horrid runny nose. That's when the sirens, bells and whistles go off in her mind, and now the game of "Keep Away" begins. Now we've all played this game. It's exhausting! You try to listen to whatever the mommy is saying, all the while keeping your peripherial vision on the snotty nosed munchkin on her lap. No offense to the said baby, he can't help that he is running a temperature, can't breathe, and should be cuddled up in a blanket on mommy's lap at HOME. So Mary began to tell me of this dilemma. How the little boy kept trying to grab her little girl. Extending his hand and leaning towards her to lay a wet baby kiss on her healthy baby. So Mary was dodging bullets one after the other, while this mommy seemed to be completely oblivious. The little boy even layed his precious little congested head on Mary's lap. Which I replied, "Awww." And which Mary responded over the phone, "Well he probably had a fever!" I giggled and agreed. This went on for a period of time for Mary, when finally the whistle blew on Mary's sons match and so she was rescued and politely excused herself.
So it all seems innocent enough, but those are the worst Mommy moments. Where in your mind you are screaming, "What is wrong with you lady? Can't you see your baby is sick?", but on the exterior, Mommy etiquette, is to play it off as if its no big deal. So I was talking to my girlfriends about what to do in those types of situations. We could all talk the talk, but had difficulty walking the walk. It seems its always the really friendly sweet mommies that engage you, and so its challenging to figure out how to handle these types of situations. So the question today is how would you HONESTLY handle this type of dilemma? I say honestly, since its easy to talk about, but so difficult to do. So feel free to share your stories or tips.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Posted by Trina at 9:50 AM