Close the Door

7 Oct

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Okay, so this is kind of a random post (shocker!), but what the hell is up with the annoyingly (and dangerously) inattentive parents out there?

Don’t worry, this isn’t some annoying blanket statement judging all parents (I’ll save that for another post). There is a very specific annoying kind of parent that I hate today…

Have you ever been to a childrens museum or play area or preschool where there is door of some sort keeping children in a certain area? Sometimes they are to keep little ones in a play area or, like at Bee’s preschool, the little gate keeps kids from running in to the parking lot.

And have you too noticed the ridiculous parents who completely fail to recognize the purpose (particularly safety-wise) of these doors and just leave them unlatched or, worse, wide open?

It seriously makes me a little bit stabby and a lot bit punchy-in-the-throaty.

One time, at a local childrens museum, not only did a mom/caregiver fail to close the door that was keeping children in a secure toddler area, the woman actually OPENED THE DOOR to let a child (who didn’t belong to her) out of the play area!!

It was such a “What the FUCK?!” moment that I almost confronted the woman, but instead was overtaken with a chronic condition that I am subject to called “I’m-a-total-pussy.”

But let me tell you, I let that woman have it. In my head, that is. And probably in a snarky whisper to whomever I was with at the time.

‘Cuz that’s the way I roll, people.

Am I wrong that this is totally unacceptable behavior? Since when is it okay to just let toddlers you don’t know run amok?

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Song title: Close the Door by Teddy Pendergrass

5 Responses to “Close the Door”

  1. Arla-Shay October 8, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I always let the kids out. Survival of the fittest.

  2. Cort October 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi! Long-time reader, first-time commenter (LOLzz). I agree with you, that’s unacceptable behavior. I hate people like that.

    I have a story: When I was about 19 — so about 9 years before I had kids, but about two years since I have developed some semblence of common sense — I was walking into my local YMCA for a workout. There was a kit standing at the doors trying to get in. He was young enough that he couldn’t reach the door handle, so I’d say he couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3. I looked around. No adults. I asked him where his mommy was, and I think he said something like, “Mommy work,” from which I gleaned that, hey, this kid probably belongs in the Y daycare. WTF? So I walked him in the building and took him downstairs. The daycare workers looked at me, and I had no more than opened my mouth to explain that, hey, I found this extranious child outside that I think you’re supposed to be supervising, than the woman yelled at me — YES, YELLED. AT ME — saying, “What are you doing with him? Get your hands off of him. He’s supposed to be down here!”

    Um, no shit. That’s why I brought him back down. After you morons left him outside. In what is arguably the worst part of town where he could have been snatched up by any of the many local drug dealers and/or child molesters that frequent the adjacent streets.

    I was seriously speechless, which is totally odd for me.

    Moral of the story: Everyone is stupid and inconsiderate. Except me. And you. And my husband, sometimes.

  3. Cort October 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I spelled “extraneous” and “semblance” wrong. *le sigh* It’s been a long day. Sorry.

  4. Cort October 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Also, there was a “kid” standing at the door, not a “kit.” Jesus. I suck today.

    I’m just going to apologize now for any other mistakes that I’m sure are there. Gah.

  5. Elizabeth October 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    As a preschool teacher/childcare provider, I know exactly what you mean. I just quit my job because the owner of the new daycare, a businessman who actually told me that “Children is women’s work” [sic], constantly leaves the door to the outside open when he is coming and going. He also shouts across the building in the middle of naptime and told me that I should leave the children alone in the room so I could go cook lunch so he could save money on staff. Among other problems that are causing me to leave.

    Don’t even get me started… Oops, too late!

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