Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Rant: Do People Forget Basic Social Graces At Restaurants When They Have Small Children?!
Photo via Delectably Chic.
I reserve Sundays for completely chilling out to get ready for a hectic week ahead. So when I venture out for dinner, it's typically at some low-key spot in a quiet neighborhood.
This past Sunday was no different as we headed to a family-run Asian eatery in Uptown. With a bountiful BYO selection in tow, we were pretty satisfied when we were the first people in the dining room. We picked a pretty good table off to the side because we knew the room would soon fill up...and we wanted to take advantage of the short-lived silence.
Less than 10 minutes after we popped the cork on the bottle, a cute little family entered the dining room. Mom, grandmom and three kids—all under the age of four—made their way straight to our section. Uh oh. Then they sat directly behind us. UH OH. The three children immediately started doing what little kids do: yakking loudly and running around.
I said in almost a whisper to my dining companion, "Really?! They had to sit right behind us in an empty restaurant?" I asked him if he wanted to move to another table.
Before he could reply, the grandmother heard me, even though I said it under my breath, and pretty much threw a tantrum. She started talking very loudly about how they were going to move instead since "these people don't want us to sit next to them." She repeated it several times, each time getting louder and louder. She even started banging chairs around for effect. Really?!
I didn't say anything because I didn't think it was necessary, plus I knew I was in the right: When you know you have small children who have a tendency to get rowdy, DO NOT sit next to people in an empty restaurant. Pick the other side of the room. For us it made common sense, but apparently not to her.
So please explain why is it that people forget basic social graces at restaurants when they've got small children in tow?!