Some days people just make me tired. Maybe I’m just old and cranky, but it seems like there is someone (if not an entire group) dedicated to criticizing a decision someone else made. Believe it or not, I’m not even referring to this years elections.
The ice cream man seems to be another flashpoint in the war of everyone versus everyone else. I posted a comment I intended to be funny on Facebook about the ‘free music van’. Most of the responses were agreement or funny, but there were a couple that weren’t so nice including one ‘shame on you’. I know these people fairly well so I was willing to give the benefit of the doubt on their intentions. Then I ran across a controversy in Brooklyn. Apparently a parenting group is calling for a ban on ice cream vendors in the local park, and others vehemently disagree. It’s your typical locally brewed controversy, but the vitriol of some of the opinions surprised me and made me take my own nay-sayers a little more seriously.
From the original NY Post article:
a nanny who also took her charges to Harmony recently, wishes the worked-up moms and dads would just get a life.
“They’re obnoxious,” she said. “There’s no harm in this.”
Then we have “Brooklyn Parents Hate the Ice Cream Man, Want Someone Else to Do Their Jobs. Again.” and “The Ice Cream Man Isn’t Raising Your Kids, You Are”. It’s hard to take either post seriously when the judgement is built right into the title.
I’m not trying to overblow my own experience. It’s just knowing that you can be shamed, told to get a life, and have your parenting called into question over an opinion on ice cream. It makes me weary.