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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

people suck.

A few weeks ago, I found out we have a place in my small town that is advertised as an indoor place where kids of all ages could go play. It has stuff for all ages, swings, slides, a toddler area, classes, and also a swap section for clothing and toys. If you bought a membership, you could use it seven days a week. And they have a special birthday party room,

Well, it sounded kind of interesting, so I emailed the lady who runs it. She assured me that plenty of toddlers used the facility, so MB would have company, and that I could come check the place out, first visit for free.
    So, I got up one Thursday am, packed up MB and all the necessary things that go with a traveling toddler, and off we went.
     To say I was disappointed is a huge understatement.
The place was in a windowless warehouse, no AC, no fans. The floor was cement, with some rugs present in certain areas. The swing for toddlers was hung with that abrasive yellow rope, and if he leaned forward, it rubbed his head. If he leaned backward, it rubbed his head.... the toys weren't safe, and the people!
     My lord. The people.
The other kids ran amock, with minimal supervision. (MB was almost run over twice, by a tricycle, and a scooter), it was a free for all.
And the other mothers there....
All stood in a corner together, staring at me playing (or trying to play) with my son. All these young, late 20, early 30's barefoot, natural snack bearing, judgemental cows, who acted like they'd never seen anyone like me with a baby before. One of them even moved her daughter away from MB while they were playing in the same area. None of them spoke to me. Hell, they didn't come within 10 feet of me, honestly. They stayed in their little grouping, staring, whispering... Including the lady who runs the place. (It was her daughter and the scooter that almost ran MB over)
So we left. Because seriously? 
It actually kind of hurt my feelings. 
Not for ME, by any means. I'm a big girl, screw those other 'ladies' (and I use that term loosely).
But for MB. 
What kind of crap is that?
Those kids were close to his age. He wanted to play. He knows how to share, he smiles and laughs, he's so easy going and sweet. It really upsets me that people can't unbend, and realize that we all have something to offer, no matter our differences in age, appearance, or socio-economical class. For the record, I believe the problem here was actually my age. MB and I were in the typical mom jeans/messy toddler clothing that seems to be synonymous with this particular age group. Or maybe the problem was that I didn't just put him down and let him play unsupervised. I played WITH him. (no one else was). 
Whatever it was, they were un friendly, unwelcoming, standoffish unaccepting and a few other words I can think of.
We won't be going back. Ever.
I'll find something different, maybe. Or I'll find more of the same, possibly. In the meantime, we will stay home and play with the fun, safe toys. Oh. And the 2 new black kittens we seem to have acquired...)

3 comments:

Mimi said...

That truly bites, I'm so sorry.

sybil law said...

Ugh. Groups of bitchy women - truly the suck! Fuck 'em. Sounds pretty awful, anyway!

Daryl said...

I dont even know what to say .. you said it so well .. stupid cows