I finally got the shots that I had been struggling to get for over a month. Little cartoon stars still float out of one arm and squiggle their way off into the ether, but it's done and over with, thankfully. It required taking a seat at 11:30 am to get a place in line before they started giving them out at 1 pm, and a favored book from a favored author in order to pass the time, but I got it.
As I sat there, trying to immerse myself in the world of my novel, people began to line up behind me, when I hear the dreaded sound; the unhappy and bored wail of a child young enough to loathe this and old enough to be self mobile.
"Self mobile" became quickly evident when the little one became bored by all these stupid adults standing around in this stupid hallway for stupid reasons (aka he didn't know anything except his one toy car was now boring). The crying ends when the little one decides to take entertainment into his own hands and charges off at top speed past me with his mother in hot pursuit.
Mom returns with the angrily wailing of the thwarted rampager tucked beneath her arm like a football. Perhaps graciously undestanding the full time job that mom had, no one raised a brow at her returning to the spot in line that she had had to abandon in order to catch the little one.
As my mom often likes to advise, "You need to ignore the tantrums thrown by little ones, or else they'll learn to use them to get what they want."
Here's the catch-22 though; some kids are so young they cry because they are not old enough to keep themselves entertained, or they cry because there's something wrong (diaper, hunger etc). At the stage of this little spawn, he wanted to be mobile and he was BORED! So, with only one toy car to lose interest in, this spawn cried. For an hour.
And let's not kid ourselves, so many women stick to the tried and true tactic of "If he cries, just ignore him" without taking into consideration that there's a bar to set. After a certain age, yes, refusing to pander to crying, wailing and tantrums can be a legitimate method. But it's also necessary to remove the child from the premesis so that other patrons don't have to deal with it. ALSO, under a certain age, crying has a reason beyond "hellspawn" behavior.
So many of us want to smack the little bastards, but we know truthfully if we did that, we'd be arrested for child abuse, no matter the motivation.
He also made a break for freedom four times, resuming his crying when he was taken into custody. Can I blame mom? No, she did what little she could to get her spawn to behave, but ultimately had little choice but to let him cry. She didn't let him rampage, or climb all over bored people in line who gave up standing and sat for a while on the hard floor.
She had to be there, the spawn needed his shots and mom probably had nowhere else to go.
The spawn was bored so he cried... constantly.
The spawn tried to make a break for freedom but mom kept him under control.
So, let him rampage or let him cry? As much as any retail slave cringes to admit it, the only option was to listen to the unhappy wail for an hour because it was the better of the two options.
Nevertheless, I was more than eager to get my shot and flee.
May all your customers be nice,