I secretly love when I witness other children misbehaving. I find it mostly entertaining (sometimes annoying if it's incessant screaming of some kind, until I realize it means that I am not a bad mother with a bratty kid).
I don't have much to compare myself or my daughter to; I am not around kids often... though, as is my nature, I am always observing them and their parents (and parenting tactics) while I am out in public. But, since I don't have a lot of comparisons -- I am easily jaded by negativity (fears, ego, etc.) and the endless opinions of others and what works, what doesn't, what I should (God, I dislike that word) be doing, etc. I am left wondering: Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Are they right? Maybe I am just no good at this. Is my daugther OK? Is she normal? (I feel bad even writing that; how dare I question if she is OK or "normal" - the standards of the word are subjective and who wants to be a uni-zombie anyway?)
So, yes. I just cherish when I witness a scene less than pleasant made by someone other than myself or my daugther. I giggle. A lot. And I sigh a huge breath of relief that I am doing OK afterall.
Judgment is truly the root of so much discontentment in society, and the cause of much upset within us. Normal vs. abnormal vs. bad vs. good... it's exhausting. And like I said, completely subjective. Everyone has a different opinion of what these words mean.
I am sure those parents are embarrassed or feeling less than adequate - the ones with the kids "misbehaving" I referred to earlier. Let's cut them some slack... share some love, laugther and light to fill their (possibly aching) hearts and lift their spirits. I know if it were me, I have plenty of negative junk to go around for a lifetime, and a smile or a nod that someone relates would alleviate some of the already building pressures.
Being a parent is tough. And it is an around-the-clock job. Today, I celebrate all parents out there. My message to you would be this: everything is perfect as it is. You are doing the best job you can, and that is all you can do. Your child is unique and special, and he/she is perfect just as he/she is. Love him/her up for the amazing spirit he/she is.
PS -- (in reference to the photo) How can I be mad at that face?! Haha... she is such a clown.
PPS - I remember the days I would bring a blanket onto the (cold) kitchen tile floor, lay it down and curl up to read a book. The couch was only ten feet away in the next room. But I wanted to lay on the floor on a blanket. Wrapped up like a coccoon. Ah, the joys of being a child... the wonderment, the awe, the excitement in the little things. Now that's something to be ressurected and celebrated!