However, people like this woman really irritate the living crap out of me. She talks about "mommy rage" as if she's entitled to be that way for merely having a kid. Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. "Out of my way, I'm a mom"? If I may indulge a bit of bawdy language, "Bitch, please."
An incident I remember rather well involved being at a video store looking at the used discs (I've occasionally struck cheap Criterion gold by browsing). This women in her SUV-sized stroller comes over and stops maybe an inch away as I'm crouched down (because that's where all the good discs are to be found). I'm annoyed but don't so anything. She then bellows, "Excuse me" and moves her arms as if getting ready to push her monstrosity through. The corridor was rather cramped so it's not as if I could just move to a side and let her by. I get up and move to the open end so Bully Mom can pass. Here's the best part. She parks her stroller in the middle of the aisle and begins browsing the discs! I wanted to say something but all that came to mind was a littany of profanity that would embarrass a sailor. So, I was the bigger man and just left.
No, having a child does not entitle you to anything but 18 years (at least) of motherhood with maybe some laughs and aggravation thrown in over the years. "Common courtesy" as mentioned by Ms. Albert, is a two-way street. Let's go down the list of commands made in that last paragraph, shall we?
- "So please, pay attention"—holy crap, she said "please." Asking people to pay attention isn't too much to ask. I ask people to do this all the time as they chat on their mobile phones, walking in some lackadaisical pattern... as they push their strollers, and make it impossible to pass them on the Metro platform.
- "be courteous"—"Out of my way" is the epitome of courtesy? I had no idea.
- "do your job correctly"—This just in: no retail employee is allowed to make a mistake ever lest you incur "mommy rage," even if it's not your fault. Sucks to be you, Wage Slave! I'm a mom!
- "occasionally, lend a hand"—Not usually a problem, even when you stare daggers at me for having the temerity to do so. Oh noes, you can't do it all?!?! Now you'll never be like those harpies on Sex and the City!!!