So, my 2nd graders back to school night was last night and I ended up having to take my one year old because my husband double booked himself. I understand it's not ideal, but with our alternate baby sitter in the hospital, it was either don't go, or take her with.
So, I'm sitting at my sons desk listening to his teacher, with her on my lap while trying to fill out paperwork and feed her grapes at the same time. She starts talking a little... Not a lot, if she had been disruptive I would have taken her outside, but she was behaving quite well for a 15 month old. So then the guy next to me turns and says "you know that's not really fair to the rest of us".... Oh, so me missing the meeting is more fair???
What do parents do when they can't find a sitter for an event like that? Plenty of parents don't have sitters at all and so they let the older kids play on the playground and bring the younger ones into class. There was another 1 year old in the class last night, even!
I mean, everyone does the best they can, why did this guy have to be an ass??
Not sure I will have time to respond to everyone's posts right this second, but wanted to update that I talked to a couple of my girlfriends this morning about the incident. They were both in the classroom that night, one had this guy in her daughters class last year and the other almost had a daughter in girl scouts with his.
They both said he's very socially awkward and just not very nice. He doesn't quite know how to communicate politely with people. Maybe that explains his rude behavior? Not sure... you'd think by 40-45 you'd have learned how not to talk to people (or maybe he really just doesn't care).
Anyway, wanted to add that, and also say that overall, I'm most surprised that so many moms (moms!) here seem to be incapable of being understanding about a parent needing to bring a younger child to a school function. The way my community is, we're all in it together, we look out for each other, and we're understanding that scheduling can be a PITA and sometimes shit happens.
I'm glad that I live in a community like this, and not one where everyone is just out for themselves, not caring what other people have going on.
So, thank you for helping me to appreciate that despite the random jerks, I live in a pretty great community! :)