I went on this wonderful bike ride with my kids today where they close down the streets for a big car-free, family-friendly loop. It was so fun! Most of the time I was thinking, What a lovely day!
At a stop at a park, I was helping my husband with the baby for a moment, when my toddler wandered a few feet away to where some people were hula hooping. I turned towards her to corral her, then heard a lady saying to her friend, intending for me to hear, "Like that girl wandering around, who should be wearing a helmet!" I was alongside DD then and gave the lady a half-smile, and thinking that DD was plenty far out of the hula-hooping lady's radius -- I then proceeded to put arm bands (which she wanted earlier but then promptly shook off) and then heard the lady sneer to her friend, "She needs a helmet, not arm bands!" All the people at the park had left their helmets by their bikes (we had been wearing one) -- what the woman meant was that my daughter was in her way and she was about to get hit in the head by her hula hooping, even though she had to be at least 8 feet away.
I live in a generally friendly city, and It's one of those moments where it seems so strange that someone could actually be being so mean that it catches you off guard. I didn't really know what to say or do. I walked off with my daughter, but just felt my blood start to boil. And I've been so angry all day.
I would have been so much more responsive to a direct "You might want to move her out of the way here," but that passive aggressive way of speaking is so junior high mean! And she's hula hooping for goodness sakes! Shouldn't she be happy!
Why is it that after having hundreds of positive interactions, one mean one can really get to us?
Ahh, so now that I got that off my chest, any Mean People stories you want to get off yours?
Edited by ms sig - 8/28/11 at 8:34pm