My daughter has been dancing in the same studio for four years.
The layout of the studio is such that each classroom has a large picture window.
The parents can sit and watch their children dance.
For four years I have been sitting next to the same mothers.
For four years I have been ignoring these mothers.
Because all they talk about is their kids.
I kid you not.
I’ve tried bringing earphones and an iPod to drown out their nattering.
I’ve brought textbooks, laptop, and notes to submerge myself in homework.
I’ve even tried a really good book.
But even the fantasy of Edward whisking me onto his back and climbing up tall trees while I wrap my legs tightly around his thighs can’t take me away from the sound of their shrilly voices discussing their children.
It’s not that I totally hate it when people talk about their kids. Much.
I can handle an update, example: “Suzie’s doing fine, they were able to remove the pea that was lodged up her nostril.”
I don’t mind a quick mention, such as, “Right after this we have to hurry home, Suzie hasn’t bathed in over a week and her feet stink like shit after she takes off her ballet shoes.” actually that last statement is really about my daughter
But these women go on and on, and on, and on…
Finally, I stopped going into the studio at all.
But yesterday I decided that I wanted to see my daughter dance.
So armed with my textbook, I sat down stoically next to the mothers, determined to ignore them, or at the very least, not judge them for the fact that they are incapable of conversing about topics other than their kids.
I was there four minutes before I wanted to whack myself over the head with the textbook.
I didn’t though because I figured this would make great blog fodder.
This is what I listened to:
Lady #1: I really like the body suit that Madison is wearing. Where did you buy it?
Lady #2: I bought it at that place downtown.
Lady #1: I really like it.
Lady #2: Madison really likes it too. She finds it comfortable.
Lady #1: Yes, it looks like it would be so much more comfortable than the other body suits.
This is the body suit deemed more comfortable…
This is the body suit assessed as less comfortable.
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