I just had to explain to my heartbroken four year old son why the woman pushing two kids about his age in a double stroller in front of our house didn’t say “hello” to us, even after we said “hello” and waved.
“Mommy? Why didn’t they come over? I wanted to play with them,” confused, Carson asked as tears began to fill his eyes.
I wanted to say, “Carson, I’m so sorry, sweetie. I don’t know why some people are assholes. They just are. They are the type of people we should throw rocks at. The next time they walk past our house I’ll scream ‘HELLO! HELLO!’ until she replies like a civil human being.”
Instead I hugged him and told him that they probably didn’t hear us saying “hello.” Carson looked up at me with an expression on his face that told me he wasn’t buying it. (Because seriously, we were standing at the end of the driveway saying “hello” and waving. There was no way we went unheard or unseen!)
“Well maybe they were in a hurry to get home or maybe they were really shy,” I explained again. Quickly I tried to redirect his attention to shiny, happy objects so that he wouldn’t cry and so that I wouldn’t let it slip how I really thought we should chase the lady down and ask her what her damn problem was.
People who can’t return simple human courtesies, such as saying “hello,” completely confuse me. Sadly, it’s not the first time it’s happened.
It broke my heart to see my son look at me with such excitement to see potential playmates! in our neighborhood! walking right toward us!, only to be completely ignored. How can you ignore two adorable little kids waving and saying “hello???” What is wrong with people?
Oh right! Some people are just assholes.
(These are the people we’re supposed to pray for, right?)