Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Almost Flawless...... Almost.

Today was the day that I ventured out with all 3 kiddies, on my own for the first time. I've been to Random Mommy's for a playgroup, but this was out in public. Getting in and out of carseats and strollers all by my lonesome. I probably would have waited until tomorrow when my Mom could keep them, but dance class registration was today, and I didn't want Munchkin to miss out on the class we wanted.

Things were going so well, we were like a well oiled machine. I decided that since everyone was up, out, and happy, I would press my luck and head to Babies R' Us for a few things I needed. My list was short and didn't require me to push a cart. I flew through the store with only a few minor issues.... stroller not fitting between racks, Munchkin getting distracted by all things that were brightly colored or made noise. All in all, I would say it was a successful trip.

As we were leaving the store I was thinking about how proud I was that I did this by myself. I was telling Munchkin how proud I was of her. I loaded her and "Ashley" into the car, and headed around to the drivers side where I noticed that some moronic jackass had parked so close to me, that not only could I not open my door all the way, I couldn't even squeeze the carseat between the 2 vehicles. (If you have been reading my blog for long, you know that this is a huge pet peeve of mine.) Just to be sure, I of course took that opportunity to try and open my door forcefully a few times, only to have it "accidentally" bang the side of this other truck. Oops! When I realized that there was absolutely no way in hell I would be getting the car seat in on that side, I started to mumble every four letter word I could think of to describe what an inconsiderate jacksass this guy was. I say guy because it was a work truck with no carseats.

As I was forming a list in my head of all of the ways I could cause harm to this man - poopy diapers to the face ( I have 3 kids, the odds are in my favor), old sucker sticks to the hair, keys in the eye, let the Munchkin sing her medley of "Pop goes the weasel - on the bus goes - ring around the rosie" 682,000 times, this sweet lady with a baby approached to ask if I needed help. Yes. But what? How? My only option at that point was to unload Munchkin and Ashley from the other side, to put this carseat through.... or, I could have this complete stranger stand there with my child so I could back my car out of the space far enough to open the door. I chose the latter. Lazy and dangerous? Maybe.

I like to think that I would have been that lady offering to help, if I saw another mommy in need.

For the record, I could see her the entire time, there was no way she would have gotten away with my stroller and hers. I would have run her down.

I thanked the lady profusely, and apologized for any of the language she may have heard coming from my mouth. Then I pulled my car into an empty spot, and wrote the following note:

Dear Moronic Jackass,


In case you haven't noticed, this is a store where Moms with children tend to shop. Since we are required by law to use these big ass carseats to protect our children, we require the full amount of parking space allowed to get these in and out of our oversized SUV's. It would be nice if people like yourself could learn to park between the lines that have been so neatly painted for us. If you can't get it right the first time, I believe most cars come with reverse, try again. This will save us all a lot of trouble and unnecessary damage to the sides of our cars...... Sorry about that.


Sincerely,

"I'm a Mom"

As I left the note on the windshield, I realized that it wasn't the answer to the worlds parking problems, but it sure made me feel good.

16 comments:

Becca said...

this is my pet peeve too! and you go girl! leave those notes! The more people that know, the better the world will be. :)

Mommapeas said...

While yes, that note didn't save the world of its problems, it made me feel better too.

Shelby said...

HECK YES! I hope the Moronic Jackass found your note and felt horrible. What's more, I hope he has a WIFE with THREE SMALL CHILDREN whom he can show your note so SHE can tell him what a moronic jackass he is. You rock.

Crystal said...

I really really hope you left that note. I would have drawn the finger on it too.

Seis said...

You will get use to asking for help from strangers. I once rolled my window down and asked a woman going into the Post Office if she would buy me a book of stamps. She looked in my backseat at two sleeping babies and was more than glad to help. She even brought me the change. there are still nice people out there.

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Damn skippy! Way to go you. I'm proud. I am the same way.

busy momma said...

This has happened to me so many times and yes, I let every ugly word I know fly....Clayman even said DAMN! I'm so glad you are the creative one and left a note- why didn't I think of that? Maybe you should make copies and pass them out so every jackass will be aware :)

Kim said...

i agree, i think you should make copies of letters like that and then hand them out to the moronic jackasses like it's your business card.

a signature in poop would seal the deal! =P

Steph said...

YAY for getting out all by yourself!! I think writing the note was GREAT and I hope he parks better next time as that is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves!

K-Mom said...

Right on! Too many people in this world have no sense of common decency.

Sounds like that guy needed a little refresher course on what it means to be a good citizen.

Crazy in Alabama said...

I hate this too! They should make a section for people with small children...people without small children would prbobably park there though! I usually end up parking out where no one else is. I have to walk but it saves the frustration. My biggest delimma seems to be whether or not to load my baby in the car while I load the groceries or leave her in the car while I return the cart. I have been tempted many times to just leave the cart where it is, but I have a serious problem with guilt.

BTW.....WAR EAGLE

Leslie Harwell said...

Hey, I saw your blog off of Busy Momma's blog. I am so glad you wrote a note to that jerk. That happened to me last week and then again yesterday. It makes me so mad and I have never thought about doing anything about it. I have two kids and it sucks when you cant get them in the car. My blog is www.harwells.blogspot.com - so you know who I am.

justmylife said...

Good for you! I hope not only that the moron found the note but also left it for his wife to find. Maybe she could beat some sense into him.

Madie's Mom said...

How great! I wish I could have been in the bushes to see the reaction when he read it. He'll think twice when parking from now on I'm sure.

Deb said...

I have also left a note - but lied about being 8 months pregnant and not being able to get into my car. Ugh. Why do people have to park so close!

Catwoman said...

You go girl!