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I have to wait in line for my “Worst parent of the year” award

There are these moments when you get to witness a great parent in action.  You are just impressed to the tips of your toes at the way they diffuse a situation or handle an obstacle, or perhaps it’s just a show of love that warms your heart.

This was not one of those moments.

I love Chick-Fil-A for the fact that the kids can go play after they’re done eating and give you few moments to talk to a friend.  We got to do that today and I sat with Natalie, while 5 of our kids ran wild in the playroom…all wonderfully sound-proofed.

We got to watch this drama unfold like a car wreck.

We’ll call him DAD…just that way, in BIG BOLD letters because those are the terms in which he obviously thinks of himself.  A loving dad I’m sure, but DAD….a manly man with a manly son….who we’ll call SON.

SON came out of the playroom in one piece.  There were no ripped clothing, there was no blood or signs of trauma.  Just one perfectly fine SON.  SON tells DAD, “A boy in there hit me.”

DAD’s spine went so rigid I could almost hear the snaps of his vertebrae being over-extended.  He runs to the door and throws it open, yelling the whole time!

“Who hit you! Which one! Was it THAT one!”

I turned in my seat to see which demon of the playroom had committed so foul a crime against SON’s person.  THAT one would surely be obvious by his cigar-smoking and evil mustache twirling appearance.

Now, I want to note that SON was at least 6-7 years old.  And I prayed that when I turned it wasn’t going to be either my 10-year-old or Natalie’s 9-year-old that was THAT one.  But I was even more shocked to realize that THAT one was a 2, maybe 3 year old, cherub with a little tow-headed identical twin.

“WHO. IS. THIS. BOY’S. PARENT?  Where are your parents?”  He starts yelling randomly around the restaurant and then sticks his big, long fingers into THAT one’s little face, who is promptly scared crapless by this strange adult yelling at him.  THAT one’s father comes around the corner and the twins go running to him, one in tears, one just terrified.

Father-of-that-one tries to talk to DAD.  At which point DAD goes OFF!

“Your son blah blah blah, and my son blah blah blah.”  I’m watching DAD rip into Father-of-that-one…Son has moved on to play, so apparently traumatized by the whole event that he needs to go for a ride down the slide. And DAD continues to berate Father for the accused assault.  After the butt-chewing has ended, DAD has blown off all his steam, he’s rendered two toddlers incoherent in fear and forced an entire restaurant to listen to his “I am king of the buttheads, listen to me roar” performance, he utters the words that threw Natalie and myself into complete ironic meltdown.

“My SON is VERY sensitive.”

Must come from his mother’s side.

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11 Comments on “I have to wait in line for my “Worst parent of the year” award”

  1. #1 » Why I’m waiting in line for my “Worst parent of the year” award
    on Jul 8th, 2008 at 12:44 am

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  2. #2 lisa
    on Jul 8th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    That’s awful! Why in the world would a grown man pick on a three year old! Did anyone who worked there step in?

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  3. #3 motherofbun
    on Jul 8th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my gosh. He started screaming at the Dad? He was intimidating the toddler? That is crazy!

    King of the buttheads, indeed!

    Thanks for reading/commenting on my post at Slackermommy’s. Love your list, btw.

  4. #4 JO
    on Jul 8th, 2008 at 3:02 pm


  5. #5 Holly
    on Jul 8th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Speechless. Just speechless.

  6. #6 heather
    on Jul 8th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    That punch line is fantastic! What a jerk.

    heathers last blog post..I’m Not A Quitter

  7. #7 Marc
    on Jul 9th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    What a dumbass…. hopefully someone will put “DAD” in his place soon. With an attitude like that it will happen eventually.

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  8. #8 Melissa
    on Jul 11th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I can’t believe that. The nerve of DAD for doing that to that poor 3 year old. I’m sorry but I’m a strong believer that you should never ever yell at someone else’s child.

    Melissas last blog post..TGIF

  9. #9 Stephanie
    on Jul 11th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I had a similar experience in the park a few weeks ago, except with me, this lunatic woman grabbed my son by the arm, spun him around, and shook her finger in his face calling him a “naught boy”. Why? Because my son hugged her daughter. HUGGED.
    This crazy person got to my son before I could, but I was there in two seconds flat, and she felt the sting of my mama bear wrath.
    Wow, I just don’t understand people. Who do they think they are to behave like this lunatic and DAD? Boggles the mind…

    Stephanies last blog post..A Wednesday Without Words…

  10. #10 Stephanie
    on Jul 11th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Um, I meant “naughty” boy, not “naught” boy. Driving myself nuts not proof reading…

    Stephanies last blog post..A Wednesday Without Words…

  11. #11 Ioditmedlelo
    on Aug 2nd, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the post