I brought Brandon to the beach today. After we had been there for a while, there were these two women who showed up...I honestly don't know what the hell they were thinking, but let me try to recreate their train of thought as I would imagine it had to have been:
"Wow, what a beautiful day to lay our fat asses down on the beach and chain smoke! Hey look, that whole half of the beach [which is about the size of a football field] is empty...but I don't want to have to walk all the way over there! I mean, that would be an extra 30 feet! It would take a good 8 seconds to walk over there! Let's set ourselves up five feet away from this lady and her 2-year-old. Oh, wait, is she pregnant? Awesome! Let's make sure we're directly upwind of her!"
Honestly. Who plops down five feet away from ANYONE and starts smoking when there is literally NOBODY 10 yards away...let alone upwind of a pregnant woman and a toddler? Brian's response when I told him about it: "It's a public beach." But does being in public excuse you from being polite and courteous? HELL NO! If anything, good manners are MORE important when you're in public! Because who the hell cares how rude you are when you're home alone? The whole POINT of good manners is that you are considerate of OTHER PEOPLE.
So I gathered up my stuff and said, "come on, Brandon, we have to go home." Then I looked up and noticed the EMPTY half of the beach and thought...what the hell, why should I have to go home? Brandon is having a good time and that's not fair to him. Or to me. "Actually, Brandon, let's move over there. Come on, bud, we have to move. Follow Mommy."
What I really don't understand is that these women lifted their heads and looked at me as if they were SHOCKED that I got up and moved. Like it was rude of me to want to protect my children (born and unborn) from their smoke. It wasn't like I said what I said to make a scene or even to make a point; the only reason I even said anything out loud in the first place was to get my 2-year-old's attention! (And it's not like I said it loudly enough that they would have even heard it if they hadn't plopped down so damn close to me.) Regardless, it was clear that they thought I was being rude and unreasonable. For moving my pregnant self and my 2-year-old away from the smoking cigarettes they had lit FIVE FEET AWAY FROM ME, UPWIND.
Honestly. I don't give a shit if you kill yourself. I really don't. But don't consider me rude for wanting to keep my children away from you while you do so.
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