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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Waiting room etiquette

Now I've been known to sneak a well-concealed snack in my bag for my children and even for myself. That snack is often consumed in places that have "no eating" signs posted. My personal opinion on those signs, for the most part, is they're rubbish. I mean, who in their right mind wants to hear young children whine and cry because they're hungry especially in places where you have to sometimes wait for hours.

So, that being said, I understand a little nibble on a snack when necessary.

What I don't understand is the woman who came into the pediatrician's waiting room yesterday with a gigantic bag of Chick-fil-A food. Her husband and three children had been there for about 30 minutes and in she strolls with the food asking the kids if they're hungry. She proceeds to take out two large plates of food and hands one to her husband.

At this time, the waiting room was quite full and the kids -- and I'm sure some of the adults including me -- were foaming at the mouth. I started feeling a little silly having concealed the Goldfish I was feeding the baby so the other little children wouldn't bug their parents. And I was so glad my two middle children weren't there because they would have stalked that woman for her food.

Then I started getting angry, "How rude!" I thought. Here I am with my stomach growling and I'm sure my Anna would have loved a piece of chicken (I could tell that by the way she was staring).

It wasn't like she brought in a little biscuit or something and inconspicuously gave her kids something to eat. They hauled out two full plates of food: chicken, grits, biscuits! And the woman talked to her kids loudly about the food.

Now, I would say, "I know her momma raised her better than that!" But, I'll just say, "My momma raised me better than that" and that was not only poor etiquette, but it was rude, rude, rude!

Maybe she should take an etiquette class! ;-)
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