Monday, February 15, 2010

A Day of Hearts and Terrible Children

{Terrarium Print via The Black Apple}

Happy post-Valentine's Day to you all! How did everyone spend their day of hearts and candy? I woke up and exchanged gifts with my boyfriend- I got him this print from The Black Apple and he got me a couple's photography session with Avery James photography for a later date!

I also made a stop at my mom's to give her and my teenage brothers little valentines :) Just because couples get a lot out of this holiday doesn't mean we should forget about the other loves in our lives.

And then Joe and I spent a leisurely day at Disneyland. It was fairly crowded, so we spent most of the day people watching, eating and enjoying the warm OC breeze. All in all, it was a lovely holiday, but ...

The thing about Disneyland is that you get to see the best and the worst of family life within the span of a day. On one hand you see happy families creating treasurable memories together, but on the other you see parents who lack patience and compassion, children who remind us of Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka. A couple of the low-lights from yesterday were a scene where a little girl was slapping the crap out of her baby brother, and the parents just laughed it off, and the other was a little boy demanding at the top of his lungs that he be given a drink right then, and proceeded to kick the back of my seat while his parents catered to his every whim.

I realize that Disneyland can be overwhelming for both parents and children alike, but where is the line for public appropriateness?

12 comments:

  1. not a clue but i am very fearful of small children! EAK!

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  2. that is a gorgeous picture!
    disneyland should have a day for just adults, no children allowed. wait was that outloud?

    :)

    happiest day to you!

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  3. that us a beautiful print!!! i knwow hat you mean about disneyland, the worst thing is that you can do nothing about it

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  4. That is SO sweet that he got you a couples photo session! I've been wanting to do that w/ my husband. Aww, I'm seriously melting a little inside.

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  5. I've always said I will wait until my kids are a certain age before I take them to Disney. Kids won't remember or enjoy it if you take them too young.

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  6. Hi, Jen... just checking in with you before I'm computerless in a little while.

    That's a great question. I fear that some people do not know how to behave in public themselves. Consequently, their children act out, and its's permitted. Had we acted that way, we would have been severely reprimanded. Our parents could pretty much take us everywhere and expect us to behave, or with one word, we snapped out of whatever foolish behavior we were displaying.

    I think a lot of it, too, can be traced to the fact that the schools instilled good behavior in children, and we feared being sent to the principal's office for a paddling. While I don't believe that children should be beaten, I do think that teachers ought to be allowed to reinforce good behavior and censure bad, and this reinforced what the children learned at home about behavior. Educators' hands have been effectively tied now, thanks to what is termed the "Nanny Generation." We now have rotten children running rampant.

    On the flip side, there are wonderful kids with wonderful parents, and I always compliment them when I see them! It's always a treat!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  7. Not saying that everyone who has a nanny has bad kids. On the contrary... we had a nanny (in those days in the South it was called a nurse), and we turned out pretty well! ;-)

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  8. What a lovley painting for your hub.
    Blessings!
    Gwen

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  9. Oh my goodness, I haven't been to disneyland since I was a kid, but that is kind of awful. What a cute idea though, Disneyland for Valentines.

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  10. I am afraid that the line is very blurred isn't it?
    Love that you get to see the good that day too!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  11. Don't forget the old man who pushed you out of the way so that he could get on the tram first.

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