July 29, 2011

Total rudeness at the Zoo

Oooohhh! Look at those!!


The kids were pumped, totally excited. They could hardly stand still in line as we waited our turn to pay for admittance at the zoo.

Since Hubby was out of town all last week, on Saturday my brother and SIL were wonderfully willing to come with me to lend extra eyes and hands on this outing, not to mention their smashing company.

Just practicing for the twins!


As we approached the very first exhibit, the kids were excitedly pointing while jabbering away about the "awesome animals".

What are those weird things on his back?


Standing there at the exhibit as well, was a middle-aged couple and their two teen-aged children.  After only a few seconds, the lady turned and stood directly in front of me, only looking away and said loudly to her family, "Well... *huffity huff huff* let's move somewhere else where there aren't noisy children in the way bothering us." 

My brother and I just turned and looked at each other incredulously.

Hey! We have the same hair!


Was she serious? Umm... she does realize this is a zoo... right? And that it's outside... right?

Whatever, she can take her pointy nose somewhere else for all I care.

Mom, why is he trying to eat that?

We parted ways.

A few minutes later however, we happen to come upon them again at the penguin exhibit.

"Oh great!" The lady huffed again, "Now we have to go somewhere else!" And off they marched, muttering all the way.

 Go on Savannah! Feed him! He's nice.


Wow. Heaven forbid there be happy children at the zoo.

And I admit, deep down my evil twin wanted to keep following them around the zoo.

Just for entertainment purposes.

Whoa! A mu-eee!

At another point, we passed them yet again and I heard the daughter muttering to her mother. All I caught was, "There they are again!"



I feel sorry for them actually. What a miserable and unfulfilled life they must have.

As for me, I'm loving mine thank-you-very-much!


Noisy kids and all.

23 super cool people speak:

Mama Smith said...

Excuse me...I thought ZOO "symbolized" noisy animals AND children! HELLO OUT THERE...!!!!!!!!!! I feel for people who miss the "music" of the "laughter of little children"....Seems the conditions to enter heaven...goes like this... "become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 18:3)(just saying...)

Amanda Joy said...

I can't believe the nerve of people sometimes. Yeah for keeping your evil twin under control, because I would gone down in blazing flames of snarky glory;)

Sue said...

Sheesh. What a witchy pair of women! I would probably be following your cute kids around to pick up on some of that vicarious fun!

=)

Jenny P. said...

Oh my, I think it would have been hard for me not to say something too. Good for you for taking the higher road.

Sarah said...

I saw a tweet today that said "Anyone who truly believes children should be seen and not heard should puncture their own eardrums."

The thing that makes me saddest about this story is that the woman was teaching her own child (who was likely not allowed to be a happy, loud child) to despise children. So sad.

I believe that there are places that children need to be quiet - those are the same places that *adults* need to be quiet. A zoo? Not one of those places by any stretch of the imagination.

the fowlers said...

maybe i'm crazy, but i think that the zoo sounds like a pretty terrible family outing with two teenagers. seriously? what kind of parents are they? if i had two teenagers i would be somewhere with danger, excitement and probably rollercoasters.

my husband thinks it is strange to go to the zoo WITHOUT children under the age of 10 (which is why I haven't been in a very long time).

i think the consensus is that those people are downright STRANGE.

Lindzena said...

Oh, gotta love people like that! It makes me want to smack something. You are a better person than I.

Ben, Heather and kids said...

{rolling my eyes} seriously?!
I'm guessing your kids were SO loud and creating SUCH a scene they kick you outta the zoo too. right? :) it's a zoo. not a library.

i would have had a hard time NOT following her. how sad for her.. and her kids. hats off to you for keeping your cool!

Polly Blevins said...

ha ha. Crabby people make me laugh. Maybe you can follow to the airport and let them enjoy a plane ride with you.

Amy said...

What jerks!

Angel Day said...

Wow...I don't know if I could have self control not to say something. Jared is rubbing off on me I can tell :) but oh my goodness. What did she do to keep her kids quite? So sad :/

KT said...

Some people have children that are house plants. They never have the fun and excitement of dealing with real actual children who have energy and a zest for life. I pity them.

I would have wanted to follow them around the zoo, too. Of course, I might have had fits of uncontrolled giggling every time we came around again.

Stef said...

Yeah, that lady needs an attitude adjustment. I might have said something out loud to my crowd like, "Oh great. Now we have to be around that crabby lady who thinks the zoo was made for her. Ugh!"

Brittney said...

wow.... either she forgot what young children are like... or she planted her kids in front of the tv when they were younger to keep them quiet. I mean, what else could explain it? Weird. I can see being annoyed by someone's kids if they're being disrespectful to you, a stranger, but just making happy noises and talking? I don't get it.

Those pictures are really cute!

Rachel Sue said...

People like that make me want to yell not nice words. And I totally would have followed them around the zoo. Because it's a ZOO. A ZOO. Honestly.

The Bagley Family said...

People are stupid....the mama bear in me gets ugly when I encounter people like this...ignorant, narrow minded, sad little people who are missing out of the best things in life.

You are a better person then me, I WOULD have followed them around, and then I would have chatted with them to create more noise....

ldsjaneite said...

Ever worry what kind of childhood those teens had? Eek.

Royalbird said...

Hmmm, I wonder if the lady who always seems to sit behind us in Sacrament meeting (who has two teenage kids) was up there at that zoo, because I swear I've heard those remarks too. Plus, if she comes in late to Sacrament meeting every Sunday and I'm able to haul myself and my five small children there early, then she can find a different pew to sit on if she doesn't want to be bothered by the chaos ensuing in front of her! And sheesh, zoos and children are kind of like peanut butter and jelly, hamburgers and French fries, duh!

Larsen said...

Look at the eighteen smart comments on this post. Wowza. You're the bestest at that kind of thing, because I wouldn't have put up with it either.

Angel, you. You're mother messed that oen up....Serene Angel....

Cheeseboy said...

They should just go to the zoo on their annual "Over 15 Jerk Night".

Rebekah Greenway said...

oh if only I were there...

Garden of Egan said...

Totally so sad.
Not sure what they were thinking would happen at the zoo.

Looks like the kiddos were having a great time.
Cute little faces!!!!!

Vanessa said...

You know... I am soooo sick of rude mean people. There are so many of them, you are better than me I would have said something. ARGHHH

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