Dear Grandma Stranger:
While I am putting the receipt in my pocket and getting out my car keys, my son is standing next to the shopping cart and me. We are waiting at the crosswalk, a car drives by and then you reach your hand out to grab my son’s and say to him, “We need to be careful crossing the street.” I proceed to say, “Mam, that is my son, not your grandson.” I tell my son to stand on the edge of the cart and hold on, like we do every week we are at Target. When my son stands on the cart, she looks at him and says, “Make sure you listen to your daddy.” AND then turns to me and says, “Don’t let him fall off.” If this woman could not get any more annoying or intrusive (not being helpful) she then turns to me and asks, “Do you need help out?” I stared at her in major disbelief and asked her, “Did I miss something?” She looked confused and then asked me what I meant. I said, “Why are you acting as if I am incapable of being a parent?” Her response was simple: “You have a kid with you and have your hands full.” My response was also simple: “I am a stay at home dad to 3 kids, and have more than enough experience with empty hands to push the shopping cart in which my son is safely standing on. “ She looked at me like I had just called her a nasty name (maybe she was a mind reader), and I ended the very weird and short experience with a parting shot. “The next time you decide to assume that a male with a child is incapable of being a parent in public, you should probably ask the “Do, you need help out?” question first. You could get a NO for an answer, and be on you nosey way.