I rarely venture out into the world with all of my children alone. But the other day I had no choice. Maggie was wearing her last diaper. And I couldn't risk waiting 4 hours for Dan to come home so I could run to the store to pick some up.
We went to Smith's and got one of those enormous carts with the car on the front. I strapped in the kids: Maggie in the little car, one baby carrier in the cart, one baby carrier latched on the seat. We were doing fine.
We got the diapers, some milk, and then some hairspray. But uh-oh Maggie found some Tinkerbell Bubble Bath that she had to have. Great. I let her pick it up and hold it while we continued shopping. Then she started ripping off the tags and opening the bottle. I took it away from her. She doesn't like baths. And she really doesn't like bubble baths. So I wasn't about to let her open the bottle so we'd have to buy it.
The sound that came out of her face at that moment was absolutely atrocious. I've never heard such a fit in my life. Never. A kind woman gave me a little smile that said hang in there, this too shall pass. I took courage, picked up the child, and made for the register pushing the grocery tank, I mean cart, ahead of me with one arm while I held the screaming Maggie with the other.
And that's when I met up with her--a woman who glared at me as I made my way down the aisle and then plugged her ears as though me and my unruly daughter were the absolute worst things that had ever happened to her in her life. If looks could kill, my carcass would have been found right there in aisle 5 near the canned pears.
Seriously? Did she think I didn't know that my kid was out of control? Did she think that giving me the death stare was going to help the situation? What was the motive in her actions? Did she want to take over? I'd have let her. I was up for ideas. Anyway, I finally got Maggie calmed down, made it through the check out, and got home. Phew.
Moral: if you ever see someone struggling with a tantrum throwing toddler, by all means glare at them. It totally helps.