While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)
Day #12: What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I have a lot of bad habits that could use some airing, like eating my body weight in carbs or cussing liberally. But if there was one thing I could do without getting gasps and raised eyebrows, it would be telling the parents of misbehaving children what I really think. It’s so not socially acceptable to vent at people with children, even if their kids are total assholes. Consider the following scenarios:
You, mother at Target, who let her pack of wild animals nearly knock down an elderly shopper while they were racing through the beauty aisles. Instead of making them stop, you laughed and kept talking on your cell phone. Lady, there are leash laws in this city for a reason.
You, parents who brought their screaming baby to a late movie and disrupted it for all of us adults in attendance. I didn’t pay $14 for a movie ticket to listen to your child scream, and you shush him instead of leaving the damn theater. It’s 9 PM! Shouldn’t he be in bed anyway?
And you, parent at Bath & Body Works. When you left the store and realized your daughter had pocketed merchandise, you hastily stuffed it back and walked away. You just missed a golden opportunity to teach your child about the consequences of shoplifting, but I guess it would have been embarrassing to go back in the store and admit to a clerk that your kid needs their butt beat.
There is definitely no sign of intelligent life in these scenarios.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?