"He's back," Tom whispered. "I can feel him watching me."
Sure enough the little boy had popped up. He smiled and started bouncing around. His parents...well, I don't know what his parents were doing. Maybe they were on their phones? It was hard to tell. But I did see the kid they produced.
Time and time again. (He's in the corner.)
Look, I get that kids will be kids. But don't let your child stare at other diners for long periods of time. I'll be polite at first hoping the parent will tell Junior to knock it off. I'll say, "Hi, how are you?" and do a wave. But the fifth time and I'm like, "How about you sit down now so I can enjoy time with my family?"
And then I wonder if I say that if there will be a blog post popping up online with the title "To the woman who told my child to sit down," and I'll be called an Ice Queen or some other nonsense for daring to discipline another kid even though the parent was not.
Look, I'm sure everyone's kid has done it at least once. Mine have. Both of them. But as soon as they did it, we told them to sit on their butts. To knock it off. Sometimes they'd scream back at us. Natalie did. And that's when I'd take her by the hand and lead her outside until she could act like a respectable person again.
So please. Tell your kid it's not polite to pop up and stare at other tables.