Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Don't put your finger in my son's mouth!

Ok, I've been stewing a little over an incident that happened on Sunday.

I've been taking Little Elvis to the "big" services at church (that's what I called them when I was little and I have blanked on the actual name for them, the services that come after Sunday school.)

I keep him in his car seat and he sleeps, or gets chatty and I take him to the crying room. He typically gets chatty during a prayer, but it doesn't seem to bother anyone and I usually get us out of the sanctuary pretty quickly.

On Sunday we were situated in our spot at the end of the pew and Little Elvis was wide awake. A little girl and her brother (I assume) were sitting by their mom in front of us. The little girl was very interested in Little Elvis and was touching his feet and letting him hold her finger. This didn't bother me.

Then the boy got involved -- he was tapping my baby on the top of his head (I had to brush his hands away) and kept trying to stick his fingers in my baby's mouth!! Seriously! This boy had to be 9 or 10 and should know better, especially when I have to say, "Don't put your finger in his mouth!"

He kept trying though. And his mom just sat there with her back to me and let her grubby son keep attempting to stick his grubby fingers in Little Elvis' mouth. And I have a right to say grubby, because this boy's hair hadn't been brushed in days and who knows how long it had been since his last hand washing.

I bowed my head for the prayer and happened to glance to the side and swipe away his fingers right before they entered my sweetie's little mouth.

Finally Little Elvis started talking at the end of the prayer and I took it as my excuse to hightail it out of there.

Now, don't you think this mom should have kept her son's grubby fingers away from my baby? I have my hands full with my baby and didn't appreciate having to keep my eyes on some kid with wild hair and dirty fingers.

I asked a friend who has three sons and she said she would have definitely kept her sons' hands away from my angel's mouth. I now feel more justified in my pissyness.

Grrr!!! Rant is over and I will now get off of my soapbox.


Blogger Dawn said...


I'd have tapped ms. oblivious on the shoulder & told her about it!


3:46 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

nope...I'd have either said it louder, "Do NOT put your fingers in my baby's mouth" loud enough for the mother & the whole congregation to hear.

Or I'd have swatted his hand.

And, then...there's always a favorite--although not church appropriate--saying of mine which would have also worked if said loudly: "YOU MUST HAVE LOST YO DAMN MIND."

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know how you feel. I've been inside the Church cry room since Naomi was 2 weeks old. There are ALWAYS parents w/ toddler kids who never pay attention to their kids' behaviour. I mean, I know it's they cry room but could they at least supervise their kids....


2:06 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the mom should have kept her son's fingers away from Little Elvis' mouth.

7:44 PM  

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