The other day we were at a restaurant and I was walking Mazzy around before we got seated to lessen the upcoming blow of being stuck in a highchair for over an hour.
After doing a closely supervised lap to the bathroom and back, Mazzy saw a woman with a stroller walk in and beelined straight for them. "Hello!" she shouted as she reached out to touch the little boy's hand. I looked at the woman with a smile of comaraderie— a respite of understanding in a mostly non-family populated place.
The woman looked right back at me and said evenly— "Please don't let your child touch my child."
As a scurried my dirty-rejected-disease-ridden-hellion away, all I could think was— "What a fox on the beach!"
I don’t know how you manage to navigate through NYC pool of rude parents. What a mean FOX ON THE BEACH. Send her over to Ireland, they still have fox hunts there.
It is harsh, but if a stranger went to touch your child, you wouldn’t allow that to happen. Is it that much different in theory?
I am admittedly the least germaphobic person on earth. (Although I hate touching actual dirt but that’s a different thing.)
My opinion is— if you don’t want your kids contracting anything from the outside world, keep them in your house.
I am also willing to accept that there were other reasons for her words. Maybe she just calmed the kid down from a tantrum and didn’t want it to start back up… but it still came off really bitchy and I felt like I got punched in the gut.
Understood. Mazzy can touch my kid anytime.
Seriously? I go to a playgroup with my four kids and they’re constantly running and playing and touching other kids. My friends and I have all but given up on them sucking on each other’s bottles. If I ever bump into you on the street, Mazzy is more than welcome to slobber all over my baby!
Wow, harsh bitch.
I know kids are stickier than adults, but I mind less if a kid touched mine. An adult? Notsomuch.
And the video! Hahahahaha! Fox on the beach indeed.
You should have licked the palm of your hand, stroked her kids cheek, then been all like ” What? You didnt tell ME not to touch?” with big puppy dog eyes … I mean seriously! It is one thing for parents to bring obviously sick kids to non essential places ( that has to be said as I hate parents getting reemed out for having sick kids at grocery store as Hello! I am sure they need to eat! And drugs! So add in pharmacy too. And beer store. Anyway …) to say no child hould touch our baby/kid ever is just silly! Eyeroll, and dont feel bad, why do you feel bad random stranger lady is a lunatic?
I’m giggling like a schoolgirl over that video, but I’m sorry for your rude encounter. Fox on a beach, indeed.
I agree, that’s harsh. And the tone of “your child” and “my child” isn’t pleasant. I am also highly un-germophobic (most people just call this “gross”) and while I respect others’ boundaries, might judge as I walk away.
Whoa. If someone ever said that to me my glare probably would have melted her face. Kids touch kids. Deal. It’s cute.