Dear Grumpy Person,
I’ve seen you passing me by on the streets as I go out for daily walks with my toddler. You look so frowny and like you have the weight of the world of the shoulders. The weather is just utter crap isn’t it? I think the sun has shone for about 3 days in total since around October. I feel grumpy too.
I know you’re in a rush and stand there huffing and puffing in front of us in queues in the shops whilst I look like I’m wrestling my 2 year old on my hands and knees and trying to stop him from running away for toddler freedom. We usually try to get out of your way quickly.
I know life is tough at the moment for many. Jobs are scarce, things are expensive and the gap between the two looks like it’s getting bigger.
I know most people spend 99% of their time juggling their million plates running to work, running from work, picking up kids, feeding kids, bathing kids, putting kids to bed. By the end of most days I collapse on the couch and watching TV and falling into bed, ready to do it all again the next day.
I know most people spend their “Me” time doing meal plans, working out the ins and outs of their mortgage, wondering whether they can afford a holiday and then spending hours trying to find the best deals.
BUT ….you should know….
There is one thing you must never forget to do. (providing you are sane, not dodgy, not horrible)….
When you see a happy toddler out with his mum, on a walk and that toddler smiles at you or says hello or waves bye bye as he passes, you must absolutely, positively 100% automatically lift your hand up, smile the biggest smile, wave back and very happily, at the top of your lungs say “HELLO!!!! / BYEEEE” as you pass him by.
Because your life is not SO bad that you cannot be kind to a small child.
Don’t be a miserable git.
A Mum out with her toddler