Friday, July 30, 2010

Karma is a B*tch and so are you


Foursons


To the woman in seat 20C on our flight home from Oregon,

I saw you sitting in the terminal before we boarded...at 5:45am. I pretended not to notice you as I tried to occupy my 3 year old and feed my hungry baby while my husband went to fetch us some food and much needed coffee. Your judgmental stares and whispers to your husband were the last thing I was concerned with at the moment. I was overjoyed when I noticed you were seated in the aisle seat adjacent to the row in front of us. Your obvious glares and self righteous head shaking every time my toddler was louder than a whisper were rude and only added to my anxiety. Do you really think I enjoyed the mini tantrums my son was having?? Didn't you notice my husband and I were doing everything in our power to keep him calm?? Maybe you failed to notice the 90 minutes that he was quiet watching a movie. Maybe you were too busy judging that you failed to see us trying to redirect and occupy our toddler EVERY time he peeped or kicked the seat in front of him.

Your rudeness could have been overlooked IF you hadn't crossed the line. My husband stood up to walk our son around, in an attempt to distract him and get some energy out, and apologized to the woman and her child (who was the victim of the seat kicking) in front of us, and even offered up our DVD player to him. The nice woman said, "It's OK, my son was just like that at 3. I understand how hard it is on a plane". My husband did not get two steps away before your bitchy comment of, "It's NOT OK. That kid is a brat!". First of all, let me tell you that you are lucky that my husband was the one in the aisle and that I had a sleeping baby on my lap. His calm response of, "Mind your own business" would NOT have been what came out of my mouth. The fact that you then took it a step further than insulting my 3 year old with your reply, "He's a brat and it is because of lack of discipline!", was astounding to me. I wanted to stand up and slap you. My hands were shaking, I was sweating and I wanted to scream in your face! My level headed husband's stern reply of, "MIND YOUR BUSINESS", could have easily been followed by many expletives, but he didn't stoop to your level.

The next time you feel it necessary to judge another person's situation, maybe you should sit back and contemplate the possible circumstances behind the behavior. The fact that my toddler was on the tail end of a 2 week vacation, where he slept in 4 different locations, had already been strapped in the car a collective 26 hours over 11 days, and had been woken up at 4am to go get on a plane where he is expected to sit still, not talk and not walk around MAY have contributed to his inability to control his impulses. Oh yeah, and the fact that he just turned 3 could have played a tiny part too!!!!!

I won't waste my time trying to convince you that my toddler is normally a good boy and that I do, in fact, discipline him. I just wanted to thank you for making the 3 hour flight from Portland to Chicago an even more miserable experience than it already was....and I hope they lost your luggage.

23 comments:

  1. Wow I honestly can't believe people can be that rude sometimes! I am shocked. I don't know how your or your husband kept your composure!! Kudos to you!

    (She's probably just jealous that your kids are beyond adorable :)

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  2. Are you kidding me?!?!
    I can't even believe that. Your husband is a saint!!

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  3. Get out of here. Some people! Wow that might have started a small cat fight had this mama bear been on flight. Wowzers.

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  4. OH! What a horrible BITCH that lady was. How dare she call my nephew a brat! He is the best little boy on the planet! I would have felt the same way you did Kam, I would have wanted to bite her head off and cram it down her neck hole! Aaron is a saint, I am really impressed with how he handled the situation. Calm as a cucumber!

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  5. Yep, your title says it all about her. What an awful woman. Ick.

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  6. No way!!!! I don't know how you managed to stay in your seat or even not say something at the luggage carousel. That woman has some SERIOUS issues. I'm so sorry you had to endure her attitude.

    Thanks for linking up, sorry it was for such a rotten reason.

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  7. Ouch! Sleeping baby or not, I would have had to get up and "discuss" a few things with that woman. Who does she think she is? Really! My child acts very different when we travel or when she is tired so I know how you feel. Even though we know how good they can be, we also know they have their tough days too. I hate that you had to go through that stressful of a flight! Happy Friday though!

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  8. If anyone is a brat she is one. I would have had serious issues with that woman. I sincerely hope she never has children and that on her next flight some kid pukes all over her. HA!

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  9. I cannot believe that! Obviously that woman never had kids. I agree with everyone else in that I don't think I would have been able to keep my composure, sleeping baby or not! Kudos to your hubby for staying so calm!

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  10. I hope they lost her luggage too! In fact I would have gotten my kid ice cream if he ran a luggage cart into her shin!

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  11. What a fabulous ending to your trip. JUST what you needed. Dang, I'm kinda wondering now what Chad would've said in that situation... Aaron was pretty reserved!! Good job, Aaron. Us women would've flown off our handles! Oh yeah, and I can ONLY imagine what she'd say about MY child. Praying for that lost luggage...

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  12. Holy crap! Your husband is amazing, and said exactly what needed to be said to her. I too would have wanted to go off on her, which would have just fueled the b!t&h even more. I can't believe the nerve of some people!

    Before I had kids and travelled for work all the time, I always kept my fingers crossed that I didn't have to sit next to any kids. Now that I have a kiddo and have flown with her, I totally sympathize with any parent on a plane with a kid. We surely do not intentionally want our kids to disturb anyone else. And yes, we fondly remember flying before kids when we could kick back and read a book.

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  13. It doesnt even sound like your son was out of line. HE'S THREE! I hope they lost her luggage too!

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  14. that is unbelievable. i would not have been able to bite my tongue. i had a woman turn around not too long ago and ask "is she going to do THAT the WHOLE trip?" b/c landry was pushing on her seat despite my efforts to stop her. like flying with kids isn't hard enough but then pile on crabby people's bs, it's a real treat. i hope they lost her luggage and her car wouldn't start when she got to it!

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  15. R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S! i cannot believe there are actually people out there like that, seriously crazy.

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  16. OMG! I can't believe she said that! What a huge b*&^h!!!

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  17. Oh sweetie, don't give her another thought. There are some people in this world who have nothing better to do then just be miserable. As you said...Karma is a bitch...one day she will be re-paid for her rudness!

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  18. I say what evs....She is a miserable person by nature obviously...I just wished that Arielle vomited on her seat{on accident of course}!

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What you talkin' bout Willis??