A special thank you from a parent

I’ve been a parent for nearly two years now, and while I’d like to say it’s now a breeze to look after my child, I can’t. Every day seems to present a new challenge, be it finding a meal we can all enjoy together (curse you gluten and lactose intolerance), or entertaining him without switching on the television.

Today’s challenge was going shopping with him. I have to say, he was wonderful and didn’t give me any trouble whatsoever. But it wasn’t without drama, and so I’d like to pay a special thanks to those people who made the experience even more challenging.

Thank you to whoever designed the “Pram only” parking spaces in the underground car park at my local Westfield. While I appreciate the fact you’ve created additional parking spaces for us (and even located them near the doors), the idea is to have enough room to open the car door and get the children out of the car seat, rather than having to drag them out through the window. Maybe you could make the bays just a little wider next time.

Thank you to all the people who park in the “Pram Only” parking spaces despite not having prams, or even children. (At least have a kid’s car seat in the back so it looks like you’ve got a legitimate reason to be there.) Yes, I know it’s not illegal for you to park there, but it would be nice if I didn’t have to wheel my son through rows of traffic just because you can’t be bothered finding another car park.

Thank you to the store owners who have not only make their aisles so narrow I can barely get my pram through, but to also litter the floor with piles or merchandise as well. Your store is now trickier to get through than the hedge maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I appreciate you wanting to have more stock available for people, but before they can buy it they need to be able to actually get to it.

And finally, thank you to the other shoppers who think the middle of the thoroughfare is the perfect place to stop for a get-together with friends and family. No, my son really enjoys being thrown to one side of his pram as I quickly change course to avoid ploughing into you.

And to think it started out being such a pleasant day. Thanks for the reality check.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to finish my shopping.


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  • Jason Berek-Lewis January 26, 2010, 8:01 pm

    Cam across this place after you posted on Susan Lambe’s Posterous blog. Couldn’t agree with you more about shopping with kids; I hate shopping most times, but it’s even harder juggling a 27 month old and a 7 week old baby!

    • Bill Harper January 27, 2010, 10:35 am

      We find shopping with just our almost-two-year-old bad enough. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like with a second one in tow. (Well, I can, but then I break into a cold sweat.)

      If I were you I’d leave it at two. Especially if you can’t juggle very well.


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