AGEISM, PURE AND SIMPLE! I’m so glad to have discovered the Babies Are Humans, Too organization. It’s like I’ve finally found a group of women telling it like it is! First of all, I’ve always had a thing against cafe workers. They never get my coffee fast enough, and they never shine my shoes exactly how I like them. Also, when my child was being absolutely adorable and banged a couple of chairs shouting “RHUFFIS!!” several times - which is her word for ‘muffins’ - this grumpy cafe worker looked at her she was some sort of …I don’t even know what! Some sort of annoying little animal or alien or something. Typical cafe worker behavior, not to mention ageism at its finest!
Thankfully, I was equipped with Jennifer’s ‘Tips For Dealing With Grumpy Cafe Workers’. I told my older child to run through the cafe and knock over everything she could reach, and - just to give the cafe worker a dose of his own medicine - I also whipped out my changing pad and yanked off my younger child’s bottoms right there at the table. Then I asked the grumpy cafe worker where I should dispose of the dirty diaper, since there aren’t any signs telling moms where to put them. It was really empowering to take back my children’s rights for them.
I hereby propose that every Sunday, all of us moms take our children out to cafes after church lets out. I want to hit every cafe in town. Like the health inspector, but we’ll be the Mom Inspectors, inspecting ageism and grumpiness. Who’s with me?!
(submitted by Anonymous)
*UPDATE* A lovely reader, S., sent me this post about a woman changing her baby’s diaper on a restaurant table. I give it 2 thumbs up. (The post, not the woman.)