Leave the Kids at Home!
Life changes after kids, but we try to lead a life that is inclusive and one that exposes our little ones to different experiences. When it comes to family-friendly activities, Portland cannot be beat. And even better? You can barely go wrong with any of the events that's offered all summer long. Or can you?
Recently, we attended the Oregon Symphony Outdoor concert. A much touted family-friendly event. Even the announcers mentioned it twice during the program. But then again, we were an island of little energetic boys in a sea of adults and people who could sit still and remain quite during the performance. As soon as the program started, our little guys gushed with excitement. It didn't help that Carter and his buddy Andrew fed off each others energy level. Amidst the glares, really only from the couple in front of us, we tried to listen to the music and watch the dancers. It was a bit hard at first to enjoy the music and picnicking with our families as we struggled to hush and calm down our 4 year olds every 10 seconds. At some point, I realized that it wasn't our problem. It was an outdoor concert, and that it was intended for all to enjoy. To expect a couple of 4 year olds to sit in complete silence is terribly unrealistic. Perhaps we should have tried to explain that to the man sitting in front of us. I opted for quietly threatening under my breath that if he glared at us one more time, I would take a picture of him and post about it on urbanMamas. Ha! Don't you mess with an urbanMama, especially one with a camera. As much as I wanted to do this, I rationalized it was petty.
Needless to say, I was beside myself when I happened upon this great photo in Shetha's collection of pictures of our outing. And would you believe that she accidentally caught the man in "half glare"? Just curious how others deal with public scrutiny. Would you have said something? Have you felt the rift between families and non-families out in public?