I have one question about the following scenario:
Mother A finds herself at the local health club with her two small children. Let’s say the children are both under three years old. After a healthy workout, Mother A retrieves her children from the clean and nurturing childcare center located within the health club. Because the lunch rush has passed, Mother A decides it might be fun to sit at the modest snack bar/restaurant with her two young kids and eat lunch. Mother A has never had lunch by herself out in public with her two small children. For the record, Mother A orders a salad with grilled chicken, 2 pieces of rye toast, and cheese quesadillas for her party of three to share. Mother A settles her two little ones into chairs where they can watch people playing tennis and commences to enjoy a mostly delightful lunch experience.
Mother B, also at the same health club, picks up her five-year-old daughter around 1:15 PM from the childcare center. Mother B and her daughter make their way through the restaurant seating area, where only Mother A and her exceedingly well-behaved children sit eating their lunch. Mother B’s daughter grabs her mother’s hand and asks if they can have lunch at the health club. Mother B, looking into the eyes (and soul) of Mother A, without blinking or dropping her gaze for so much as a second says loudly, “No, honey. We are going to go home and eat something healthy. Let’s eat something healthy at home. There’s nothing healthy here.” Finally, dropping her gaze from Mother A, Mother B leads her daughter out of the health club to go home to eat somethinghealthy.
Mother A’s older child asks Mother A, “why does that other mommy keep saying the word ‘healthy’?” Mother A replies, “I don’t know. I think it’s complicated. It’s got nothing to do with us.”
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Here’s my question:
Is one of these moms an a**?
Optional follow-up questions:
If Mother A was offended and/or annoyed, is she too sensitive?
Can Mother A really claim she had a “healthy workout” if all she did was sit on the bike going 2 miles per hour while reading People Magazine?
Is rye toast (without butter) healthy? Is it good? Would your kids eat it?
Is it totally annoying when people talk loudly to their children to communicate a message to other adults?
Do people who malign quesadillas have an eating disorder?
Do people who adore quesadillas and feed them to their children have an eating disorder?
Isn’t Mother A brave to eat a meal with her two small, sippy-cup-wielding children all by herself?
Is it wrong if Mother A’s children made a substantial mess on the floor, which Mother A was unable to properly address because there was a potty emergency and a meltdown brewing (and she was sick of being at the health club)?
Is Mother B jealous of Mother A’s joie de vivre?
Is Mother A a better person than Mother B?
Does Mother B think she’s better than Mother A because she’s got Cameron Diaz’s legs and Mother A has Kurt Cameron’s?
Does Mother A need to get a job?