Was this intended to be shocking?

Managing Mommy Rage

I stumbled across this on someone's page, and I just had to comment on it. Surely to goodness this woman isn't being serious?! Does anyone really believe that they have the right to be queen of the world because they have a child.

I don't argue that people should be polite. If someone is trying to get in a store with a stroller, two older kids, and all the necessary equipment that goes with that, then for heaven's sake if you've got a free hand do open the door. But then I'm a serial door opener. Even carrying a baby and holding a small child's hand if there is someone behind me I'm going to keep the door open for them until it's at least in their hand. Letting it slam shut in their face is just rude. Also not saying thank you is rude if someone does hold a door open for you. And don't even get me started on people who don't wave when you let them in to traffic. How much effort does it take to wave? That person took the effort to hit their brakes and let you in and probably wave to you that you could go. Just wave and smile. Smiling won't kill you. Trust me. I do it every day.

Here's the key to happiness people. Everyone on earth just has to care about the feelings and well being of those around them instead of just themselves. It's really not that complicated. Just think for a split second about how your actions are going to affect others. Sometimes you can't avoid hurting someone because of one reason or another, sometimes you're rude and it's not even intentional. Those things are forgivable. Blatant outright rudeness, like thinking you're entitled to special treatment and getting furious if you don't get it just because you're a mother just isn't cool!

This was probably the most nonsensical and random blog post ever... You'll have to forgive me. I'm sick. My husband's sick. Nicky's sick. Finn's just now better. So I'm probably not exactly stellar in my ability to communicate today. LOL

Comments

Amanda said…
No, I think you said it all quite well. I'm with you on the door opening thing, but for the rest of her rant? No. Just no. It's not being a mother that gets one decent treatment. It's called common courtesy, and some folks don't have it.

Problem is, I think that particular column was a kind of pot/ kettle thing...

(and my apologies for any incoherence I'm exhibiting, but I ate most of a banana cake by myself this weekend and I feel sicker than a dog thanks to the fact that I'm an idiot... LOL)
Amanda said…
HER column, just to clarify -- not your blog post! You = good, author of referenced internet column = entitlement mentality.
Katie J said…
Made sense to me! Hope you feel better soon.
Ms Snarky Pants said…
Amanda: Mmm banana cake. LOL At least it had fruit right? ;) Hehe I knew what you meant. :-D And yes common courtesy would do wonders for the world!

Katie: Thanks! Me too!
Julia Smith said…
I live in the province-that-holds-doors-open-for-people-even-if-the-person-is-several-paces-away-and-now-has-to-hurry-because-you're-holding-the-door-for-them. Sometimes we can take courtesy too far...

But your post makes complete sense. The other writer sounds like she is using her kid to get preferential treatment. Meh.
Ms Snarky Pants said…
There is indeed taking common courtesy too far. You have to quickly weigh the stride of the person behind you to see if holding it open for them is helpful or not. hehe
Just yet more proof that we are related in some way in ancient times. I too am a serial door opener and a serial waver/smiler at people who let me in!
Ms Snarky Pants said…
Vickie: You're absolutely right. We're probably long lost cousins. hehe
Julia said…
I sure hope you are feeling better by now. But I hear you on your rage. I feel like that when I go out in public all the time... What does that say?
Ms Snarky Pants said…
Almost all better. Thanks, Julia!

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