Mom A: (Exiting bathroom) I NEVER changed my children in public bathrooms in all their years. It's just so dirty!I heard this little ditty minutes after daughter's leg fell through one of the rope bridges. You know how playground equipment is set up so that when you are spotting your children you sometimes need to run a full circle around the equipment to catch up with them when they move on to a new area? That's what I did.
Mom B: I know! I mean, in the car! Am I right? Change them in the car, it's not that hard!
But I was a beat too late and she started to step on a bridge that was too old for her. At least 3 moms (who were standing right by the entrance to the rope bridge) saw me hauling ass to catch up with her and then shot me shaming looks for failing to adequately watch over my child. I wanted to say, "Could you not have grabbed her? Before or after the fall? Were ya too busy judg'n to help out a 2 year old?"
So by the time I got to the bathroom divas I was more than ready to give them a talking to. In my mind I rehearsed saying, "Ya know, motherhood is very difficult. We all need to support each other and not cast judgement." I swear, my mouth was opening to say those very words when son came up to me to ask me to watch him climb the tree house. I held back because I didn't want to make a scene in front of my kids.
But if you see a woman with chocolate smudges on her shirt, and a crazy angled bob yelling how it "takes a village!" when you visit the Brookfield Zoo next week. That would be me.