Bitch, bitch, bitch.
I have to share something that happened while my husband and I were away for a two day vacation.
We were having breakfast at Perkins, and the table across from us had a dad and his two nice daughters sitting at it. He was engrossed in the paper, and the girls were chatting quietly to each other, bothering no one. Every so often he would put down the paper long enough to snap at one of them:
“Sit UP for Gods sake. Why do you always have to sit like that?” and other stupid crap. He carped at them periodically while he read, and as the morning progressed these little girls looked less and less happy.
Finally, the food came. Now, these girls were about 10 and 11. Their plates are HEAPED up with food. He spends the entire meal sniping and bitching. They don’t cut their food right, they don’t fucking chew right, they don’t do ANYTHING right. I am like ready to bash in his skull, because I can’t take listening to him badgering these girls! They are so good- just sitting there eating, and he CANNOT leave them be!
As were were leaving, he was berating one into tears with the “You ordered all that food, and you’re damned well going to eat it! I’m not paying for all that food that you ordered without you eating it.” Etc, etc. Her little lip was quivering and I swear if I had a stun gun I would have zapped him and rescued those girls. Instead I got up (we were leaving) and said to him “Wow, that must have been one expensive breakfast to make you carry on like that.”
He didn’t say shit back to me, just looked right at his plate and started eating. (My husband is big and scary and he likely didn’t feel like trying to bully HIM)
My question is unanswerable, I know. But WHY WHY WHY WHY do some parents have to just pick and pick at thier kids until you can see they’re just broken? It was an awful thing to witness- as bad as watching them being beaten, in my book.
Obviously I have issues with this, but the point remains. If you are one of these parents who CONSTANTLY picks at your kid- calling them names, making them feel bad, embarrasing them in front of strangers or family PLEASE get some help.
It broke my heart to know that the 10 year old in tears over her breakfast would probobly have at least 8 more years of it to go through. Like being in jail for doing nothing wrong.
PS- No, I do not have kids. No, I don’t think all parents are bad. No, I don’t expect parents to be best friends with their kids. Yes, I know he could have been having the worst day of his life, etc. This is just one example of the kind of person I’m talking about.