Have you ever been waiting for a parking space with your turn signal on and have someone take it at the last second? Have you ever been cut off by someone that believes only they have the right of way? Have you ever been watching TV and have someone take the remote and change the channel? Have you been held up in construction traffic when it narrows down to one lane and watched those people fly down the disappearing lane because they are too good to follow the rules? Have you ever had someone take the last doughnut when you had called dibs? Have you ever seen a car full of teenagers climb out of a car parked in a spot designated for expecting mothers?
Today I took my kids grocery shopping with me. The best part of going to Meijer to do my grocery shopping is that I have built in bribery when I need the boys to be good. There are several things the boys like to look at when we are getting our groceries (Lightning and Mater stuff, fishies) and there's always the 1 cent horsey ride after we've checked out. The morning, the boys did very well at the grocery store, especially considering it had already been a long morning and they were tired, so a horsey ride was definitely in order. I pulled our cart over next to the empty horse. I unbuckled Jayce and reached for two pennies in my wallet. As Jayce climbed off of his seat on my cart, a little girl, probably 6 or 7 years old, ran over and jumped on the horse. I looked at her, and started to say something when I saw her mom walk up. "_______, I think that little boy was getting on the horse next." Complaining and whining ensued, but not from my child. The mother looks at me, and says to her daughter, "Ok, fine. Just make it quick," and she put her penny in the horse to start her ride. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!
You should be so proud that I managed to hold my tongue (even when Jayce asked when it was going to be his turn). I figured that I was teaching my kids a lesson in patience and how to deal with those people who always think they come first. After all, we've all dealt with situations like above, and one day my kids will too.