After thirteen hours on a plane that left Vancouver at 3am, we get to the transfer security when a mum turns to her crying daughter, around two years old, “Look at her,” she points at L. “She’s not crying. Why do you have to cry?”
A couple of days ago at the Chinook mall in Calgary a mum with a younger daughter, maybe one, looked at L and R and said, “Look at them. They aren’t screaming. Why are you?” I was quite wired, even stressed out from having spent hours in that crazy big mall. I couldn’t help myself. I responded quite sternly, almost speaking to her daughter. “Of course they scream.”
“Do they? They scream as well?” was the mum’s rhetorical question back at me.
I don’t get it.
It drives me crazy.
My mum friends, and others who might have read more or understand more about parenting than I do, please help me out with this one. What’s with that line?