File this under the “and more” part of God Blogging: This weekend was full of STUFF THAT BUGS ME. Maybe you all have had similar experiences, or other pet peeves you want to share – feel free. But this stuff really gets on my nerves:
1. Parents who bring their small children to non-G-rated movies, especially parents who bring their small children to R-rated movies. Come on, folks, it costs just as much to bring them into the theater and feed them as it does to find a babysitter. Not to mention, you don’t have to whisper the whole time, “It’s not real honey, just close your eyes at the scary parts.” Visit a parenting Web site or pick up a parenting magazine or take a parenting class. Sadly, intelligent, informed parenting doesn’t automatically come with the birth – you have to work at it.
2. People who step into the street without looking for cars. People who step off of curbs outside of stores and into the parking lot without looking for cars. People who stand in the driving thoroughfare of a parking lot chatting with each other, not caring about the cars trying to get through.
3. People who litter. Anywhere, anytime. Lazy bums.
4. People who kill their children slowly by allowing them to eat junk – or just plain eat too much – in spite of the kids already being overweight. Ditto for parents who allow unfettered access to video games, television, computer, when the kid is overweight. This weekend, during a 10-minute trip to Target, I saw one – 1!!! – normal-sized kid. I counted 15 (15!!!) overweight ones, all between the ages of about 4 and 12. I think this should be labeled for what it really is: Child neglect/abuse. Pediatricians should be able to hand out fines to parents who bring in overweight children because it sure ain’t the 5-year-old who is buying his Happy Meal.
5. Rude senior citizens. Just because you lived to 60 or 65 or 75 or 80 doesn’t give you the right to treat the saleswoman, waiter, taxi driver, busboy, etc., like your personal slave or talk down to teenagers as though they are less than human. You should be setting a good example by virtue of your wisdom and age … not making everyone around you equally grumpy. Yes, you may be in pain or exhausted – like so many in the world – but its no excuse to yell at a cashier in a grocery store because she is telling you that the thing you thought was on sale is, in fact, not on sale.
What bugs you? Do you have solutions for those irritations?