Now, our local SS office is very small, and at 9:15 a.m. they were already at capacity and a security guard was politely asking people to line up outside. My daughter will be 3 in July. I had brought coloring books and musical board books while we waited, and waited, and waited. She's very active and while she can sit quietly, there needs to be opportunities for her to have movement. So at the SS office she was climbing in and out of her chair, looking out the window, chatting, singing etc. She wasn't running around the room screaming, I can tell you that. But the environment was uncomfortable because everyone was so crowded.
So this older couple shows up and sits directly opposite from my husband and I. I'm trying to entertain our daughter by handed her crayons to use in her coloring book, and she's dropping them accidentally-on-purpose and refusing to pick them up. Then she slides out of her chair and nudges the lady's feet sitting opposite her. The man she was with starts in with, "You need to control your child. She ran into my wife's feet and she's very ill!"
I apologized immediately for the woman feeling ill and my husband offered his apologies also saying that our daughter is not yet 3 years old but the guy continued with, "You need to control your child!" The security guard came over to see what was up and at that point I got up and took my daughter to the other side of the room. Thankfully our number was called shortly thereafter.
After talking about this occurrence, if we are ever in this situation again, my husband and I have decided to loudly and cheerfully say, "Wonderful!! A PhD in early childhood is here to tell us what we should do!! Go ahead! We're listening!!!!! "
But seriously, has anyone else been in this situation? What did you do?