It’s Not All Mary Poppins

And my options would be?

“You know,” the middle-aged woman huffing past me on the sidewalk scolds, “you really shouldn’t have small children so close to the street.”

I look down at Timmy and William, the two sweet four-year-olds with me, each holding on to one hand as we walk on the sidewalk on the the (admittedly busy) bridge.

They are holding my hands. Which, yes, puts one of them on the outside, closer to the traffic. Which, yes, effectively blocks the sidewalk (which is why I was casting glances over my shoulder, and which enabled us to stand to one side to allow you to pass, grumpy woman).

But in order not to block the sidewalk, in order not to have one close to the traffic, I would have to have one in front and one behind me. In other words, I would have to let go their hands.

And this is better… why?

Piss off, grumpy lady.

(Did I say that to her? I did not. I said a cheery, “Thaaank you!”
Strangely, she didn’t answer.)

December 23, 2009 - Posted by | health and safety, our adoring public, outings, Peeve me, the dark side | , , ,


  1. Urgh. I hate the narrow sidewalks on the bridges there, but I’d much rather have a child closer to traffic and securely attached to my hand, then up ahead or behind me and free to trip and fall into traffic without me there to catch him.

    What a scrooge.

    Comment by tuesy | December 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Which is WHY you are BETTER than me. I’d have told her to piss off.

    Comment by MJ | December 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. People like that will always find something to criticize. Had you been with one tot in front and one behind she likely would have told you how unsafe that was too.

    Props to you for being so cordial, I’m not sure I would have been so.

    Comment by Zayna | December 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. I suspect her comment has little to do with where you where on the side walk and more to do with making herself feel superior.

    I had a similar experience in Montreal I decided to take a photo down the Metro tunnel (you could see the next station in the distance it made a good photo) and some guy comes up to me and tells me that my flash (which I wasn’t using) would distract the driver and could cause a train crash. I think he was offended when I laughed.

    Comment by billarends | January 5, 2010 | Reply

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