Park pet peeves.

1. Please do not bring your Starbucks product to the park, set it on the ground, and walk away from it, leaving me to spend the next thirty minutes trying to keep my children from drinking your Caramel Mocha Frappucino.  Pet peeve compounded: when you see me trying to keep them away from it and yet leave it sitting on the ground. Since it’s usually only halfway empty when this happens, I would prefer not to be responsible for throwing your $5, unfinished coffee in the trash.

2. Please do not bring a ton of your child’s toys to the park, set them on the ground, and walk away from them, leaving me to spend the next thirty minutes trying to keep my children from ransacking your child’s toys. Pet peeve compounded: when the earth-mother-hippy-happy parent blithely says, “Oh, they’re welcome to play with them!” because a. your child may not feel the same sense of whimsical generosity which leads to 15 minutes of many children crying and b. I’m trying really hard to teach my kids not to walk up to other people’s belongings and ransack them and c. my children routinely destroy everything they touch within 3.2 seconds and I can’t stand the thought of them breaking some stranger’s toys.

3. Please do not bring your dog to the fenced-in, very small park, tie him to your stroller, and walk away from him, leaving me to spend the next thirty minutes trying to keep my children from harassing your dog. Seriously, how much fun is it for a dog to be stuck in the corner of the park, with toddlers screaming in its face or (in Jack’s case) trying to feed him bark and leaves?

Why yes, it was a stressful day at the park today, why do you ask?

Let’s look at some photos, shall we?

I must say, it WAS a very cute dog.

Richard Ragsdale - October 2, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Mmmm–abandoned coffee!

Janie Hightower - October 2, 2012 - 7:53 pm

I probably shouldn’t write comments on here because, really, I’m the Grandma, I’m going to love the pictures. (I love the writing ’cause I’m the MOM.) But, look at the pictures, who could not think they’re the cutest kids in the world? That one of Jack holding out the (I surmise) bark to the dog is priceless.

Robert M. Hightower - October 3, 2012 - 8:59 am

Fabulous pictures of two beautiful children. Doesn’t get any better than this.

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