A week or so ago, something happened at the playground of our local park and it has honestly been bothering me ever since. I thought I would see what others though of the situation. I am the first to admit when I am wrong, but in this case it really doesn’t feel like I am, but you know how some people have a way of making you think you are in the wrong when you aren’t? Yeah, it’s like that. So, I thought I would have a little What Would You Do? post, playground style.
We decided to stop by the playground on our way home from having dinner out. As we pulled up, I noticed that there were several kids there as well as two men and two women who were standing in the playground. The one man had no shirt on, which is not abnormal in our neck of the woods. The one woman had just a bathing suit top on and some short shorts. She was kind of Pooh sized like me, so it was hard to miss. The woman was repeatedly attempting to do a handstand and the guys were helping to hold her legs up in the air. I figured they had been drinking, but as we walked into the playground they confirmed it as the one woman said “I’m so drunk.”
We just ignored them, as they were there with their kids. The boys played and all was well. While there, I noticed these people’s children climbing to the roof of the building on the playground equipment and doing other things that were not safe or okay, but I held my tongue because they weren’t my children. My youngest son Jase was playing with another boy unrelated to the group of people mentioned before and as children will do on the playground, they were definitely using their outside voices.
All of a sudden, the man without a shirt yells at the boys to “Stop all that damn screaming.” At first I thought he was talking to his kids, but then the woman said “Are those even our kids?” The man told her “I don’t care, they can stop all that damn screaming.” So, I immediately called the boys and told them it was time to go and I wouldn’t tolerate other people yelling at them for doing something children are supposed to do at a playground. The people acted like I was in the wrong saying “Have a nice day,” and “We didn’t yell at your children.” I just told the boys, that is not how we act in public.
So, am I wrong? What would you do if a stranger yelled at your children in public for doing something that was appropriate for where they were?