Coffee Spills

What I hear and see and think about at the coffee shops I patronize.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Children in the coffee shops

All alone
You can tell a lot about parenting skills just by observing the children. I saw a regular come in with his boy--maybe middle school. Actually, I'm just guessing they are father and son, they don't look alike at all. The boy sat quietly at a table for two waiting for dad and ate his muffin; the adult joined a group of men in the back where his voice is always louder than everyone else's and his stories are of the "you can't top this" variety. Is he showing off? Insecure? As smart as he believes he is? I know from his pontificating on the failings of others that he is a rich Democrat, but that's about all I know. Still, the little boy was left alone to eat his muffin. But he was watching dad's every move to see how a real man socializes.

Where was mom when she got dressed?
It's chilly today--barely 30 degrees. It will probably warm up in the afteroon--maybe close to 60. Two young ladies, possibly 14, came in the coffee shop (located near the high school) wearing t-shirt tops--the kind that look like maternity shirts of 20 years ago--and no coats. One was wearing shorts! I could almost see the goosebumps on her white legs. Where was mom when she left the house?

Who's in charge of nutrition for the children?
A mom and her two daughters, one a teen the other maybe in middle school are sitting nearby. The teen is a head taller than mom and quite overweight. Mom is just "pleasingly plump" as we used to say, and very pretty. Teen daughter has 2 large cinnamon crunch bagels with cream cheese. 16 grams of saturated fat, or 60% of the recommended amount for the day. Smaller daughter who is not over weight, has one plain. Mom is just chatting--not eating.

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  • At 22 April, 2007 08:14, Blogger LadyBugCrossing said…

    I was at a church retreat last weekend. One of our parishioners is overweight. She is going through a divorce, but has always had weight issues. Her children are fat as well. The first plate of breakfast her son (over 200 lbs and only 14 years old) took was large - a huge helping of eggs and 3 pieces of bacon. The second plate he took was even larger. A humungo blop of eggs and about 15 pieces of bacon. She watched him do it.
    What to do???

  • At 26 April, 2007 16:52, Blogger Shoshana said…

    This just reminds me of the road trip we took when we still have two children.

    My daughter got car sick and threw up all over herself. She was 2 and we went into wal-mart, her on her diapers and shirt, to buy more clothes for her. It's only a day trip and we didn't take extra clothes.

    We came in, and it looked bad. Why would anyone parade a half-naked child like that in Wal-Mart?

    It was the first and last time she got car sick.


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