Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two-Year-Olds Are Not Your Enemies

Dear Little Old Ladies at Church,

My child is not purposefully being disruptive in church. She is not being badly behaved. She has a cough caused by allergies. Please stop giving me the stink eye. My two-year-old is not harming anyone, not yelling, not jumping all over the pew, she is coughing that is not something she or I can control. If you think her cough is disruptive to your prayers then you should try holding her and praying.

I don't know what planet you are from but here on earth two-year-olds can't chew gum. Please don't offer her any! Even if you think it might help her cough. She doesn't know how to chew it. What you have accomplished by offering her some is making her  squirm more because she now thinks someone has offered her candy and her parents have turned it down.

Please remember that even though she is only two she has feelings. She understand most of what people say. So when everyone is shaking hands in mass at the Peace Be With You, please do not, do not, (I repeat) DO NOT turn your back on her and whisper to the person sitting next you, "Don't shake her hand!" She understood you. She felt the full impact of your words. You didn't notice because you turned your back. You didn't see her eyes well with tears or her bury her face in her father's shoulder for the remainder of mass.

It is hard enough for a two-year-old to be well behaved for an hour in mass. Please don't make it harder for her! If you think having to sit in front of a two-year-old is hard try sitting with one.

Thank you and God bless.


  1. Amen! Except you should have ended with "If you think sitting in front of a two year old is hard, then YOU SHOULD GO SIT SOMEWHERE ELSE."
    I use to sit in the very back of church due to my little ones and this ONE little old lady would ALWAYS turn and glare at me. I wanted to yell at her to go sit closer to the altar if we were distracting her so much, but I decided we would be the ones to move closer... so now we sit in front of her. ha!

  2. LOL! Sarah, I love it! Actually we recently made the move to the front of the church. There are a few families with rowdy children who sit in the back. I got tired of being given the stink eye because I was sitting next to the other families.

  3. Holy cow! I would have had a hard time being charitable and keep my mouth shut. Thankfully I haven't had to endure the stink eye from someone, at least I can't remember such a time.