Lindsay’s Tea Party has been venturing out quite a bit lately with a personal home remodel going on. Trying to keep my family out of the dust (away from the tools and saws) has been a challenge. Recently, my husband and my son went to a baseball game and me and my daughters decided to head to a kid friendly movie. It was during the day time and I figured we’d snack on some popcorn, catch a good flick and
then call it a “fun day”. Well, apparently that is easier said then done. We had the worst afternoon, thanks to 3 very rude and rather difficult strangers! Yes, 3 people, that we had never met or intended to meet were able to put a damper on our fun day!
Here is what went down… We grabbed our drinks/popcorn and chose a seat near the middle but close to one of the sides. Movie began, we watched the previews, listened to all the children in the theatre laugh and giggle through the cartoons and commercials. We sat back ready for a fun flick!~
About an hour or so into the movie..my youngest announces she has to pee. Nothing unusual, she is young, she really had to go…so we quickly stood up and leaned towards the end of the row to get out and make a beeline for the bathroom. Well… this is where the difficult strangers were! The first seat we came to at end of the aisle the woman had her legs up on the back of the seat in front of her stretched out, I politely said “Excuse Us” hoping we could get through… she kept her legs stiff and up and replied, “Ugh”…. “What do you need?!!”
To which I replied.. “We need to get out to use the bathroom (meanwhile my daughter is wiggling and squeeling in my arms, “I have to pee right now Mommy!!”).
The woman then slammed her legs down, making a gruff noise, then the two folks next to her (clearly with her) a woman and a man, had their legs up as well, they also said, “I can’t believe this!” and sighed loudly.
Not sure what they can’t believe, that a toddler in a children’s movie has to use the bathroom?? That they have to lift their legs off the back of the movie seats in front of them? Or perhaps that that people in a movie theatre may have to let others in the same aisle as them out to get by??
Not sure what they couldn’t believe?!… but I digress…
So, I run my little one to the potty, who is now on the verge of tears…. we wash hands and head back into the theatre.
Low and behold, the 3 strangers in our aisle, have their feet/legs all propped back up. Our popcorn and drinks are still in our seats/cupholders so we kinda want to sit back in our original seats. We politely walk up, “Excuse Me, may we get back to our seats?”
Again, we are faced with rudeness! “I can’t believe you.. right in the middle of the movie… ridiculous!” They exclaimed!
Then ever so slowly, as if they are waiting for Christmas, they one by one, move their legs, so we can get by and back to our seats…certainly not without creating a scene and stating their comments not only loudly, but with disgust, so to be sure that the whole theatre could hear.
We sit back down. Bothered, my girls lean over and ask “Mommy, why are they so mean to us?”
“I am not sure honey,” I say…. “let’s just finish the movie.”
About 35 minutes later and our movie is over. Lights are up and people are quickly clearing the theatre.
Now, all the rows are empty and we are waiting to exit but who do you think is still sitting in the theatre with their legs up not budging? Yep, the 3 meanies!
So, we went around our row, hopped over the bar on the other side and left via another way, because heaven for bid we have to ask these 3 meanies to move their legs one more time, so we could possibly leave the theatre with the others?!
It was first time, in a long time, I paused and said to my children, “Sometimes people are just mean, inexplainably mean, and we can’t change them, we can’t fight with them, we best just leave them alone!”
We talked about how we hoped they would find something in their lives to one day be happy about and until then we could pray for them. 🙂 My daughter said, “Maybe God can make them happy about something so they can be nice?”
Well, “we can only hope so dear!”
Love and light to you 3 meanies… we still enjoyed our time together as a family, we ate our popcorn, drank our slurpees…and we will back to the movies again.
Although, we hope you meanies won’t!
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Maryann peik says
So sorry. What an experience for your children.
Bravo! You handled that marvelously and a beautiful example to your girls. I am not sure I could have done as well but so glad to hear you did. People like that just like to get a rise out of others. Lame.
Jill Dillon says
How mean! Some people are just so rude!!! You have more manners than I do! I think I might of lifted their legs for them! Lol You always have such a grace about you and your ways Lindsay! I’m sorry you had to experience such rudeness!