I swear, security guards have it in for me.

Yesterday Sam and I took a walk. We stopped at the bank, where there is a fountain on the plaza between two buildings (there must be at least half a dozen banks there). Sam hopped out of his stroller and I parked it and followed him as he gleefully played.

After about ten minutes a security guard appeared next to me and said, “You shouldn’t let him play by the fountain. It’s–you know–bad.” I looked at him in disbelief and after a long while with no clarification I said “Ooooooookay” and went back to paying attention to my kid.

Now, I am sure at least one of you wants to say, “It’s the bank rules!” or “He was concerned about liability!” but you will just have to trust me because I was there; he was NOT giving me some company line. There were other kids there and there were adults there too. People ARE allowed at the fountain. He was telling me how to parent. He thought I was doing it wrong.

I don’t know what about me scares people in questionable positions of authority so very much, but I have my suspicions. I treat my kid like a person. I don’t hover. I let him climb on things. Not just let him but help him – when the security guard showed up to tell me I was bad, I was holding Sam’s hand (his idea, not mine).

I would really like for this nonsense to stop. I know how to take care of my kid (despite my feelings to the contrary sometimes). I am not stupid. I am so very, very tired of being treated like a bad mom.

23 thoughts on “I swear, security guards have it in for me.

  1. Susan

    March 4, 2009 at 7:28am

    Maybe Hobo’s pee in the fountain and he didn’t want your cute little kid getting infected by the bad fountain. Or maybe he is just a creepy wierdo who needs to mind his own business.

  2. Katherine

    March 4, 2009 at 9:23am

    The way it’s written, I’m not sure if he was saying that playing by the fountain is bad or if the fountain itself is bad.

    Bad FountainIt’s – you know – bad.

    Could be a good name for a stout or a porter.

    Katherine’s last blog post..Moving Pictures.

  3. Annika

    March 4, 2009 at 10:37am

    Wes Craven Presents BAD FOUNTAIN.

  4. Ewokmama

    March 4, 2009 at 11:13am

    My guess is that it has something to do with how young you look (why you get people like this so often). This happens to me, too. So irritating.

    Ewokmama’s last blog post..And I Quote…

  5. Holly

    March 4, 2009 at 2:45pm

    I am not a hovermama either. I let my kids explore and climb, they learn their natural limitations, and the laws of gravity.

  6. Bleakspot

    March 4, 2009 at 3:19pm

    This sure happens to you a lot. Maybe the guards are trying to pick you up? Or maybe you look like you’re not paying attention to the kid? (I”m not saying you’re not, but that the guards don’t see you that way.)
    Or maybe you need to stop letting your kid play in fountains at banks.

    I don’t think the guards are scared of you–if they were, they wouldn’t say anything.

  7. Annika

    March 4, 2009 at 3:27pm

    I think you misunderstood what I meant by scared.

  8. oslowe

    March 4, 2009 at 3:42pm

    DUDE! It’s not like most fountains. It’s bad.

    *rash* Do you wanna see where the bad machines go? *rash*

    oslowe’s last blog post..A Cell of One’s Own

  9. Stephanie

    March 4, 2009 at 4:14pm

    Yes, I think he probably meant bad as in evil. He’s there for a large part of each day. He sees things that most people don’t. Things you don’t want to know about.

    It’s the only explanation that makes sense.

    Stephanie’s last blog post..Another ‘Nother Brother’s Birthday

  10. kara marie

    March 4, 2009 at 5:10pm

    Don’t you just LOVE it? I am inclined to think the following:

    Annika is a good mom!
    Fountain is a bad fountain!
    Guard and commentor 8 above are clueless!

  11. Katherine

    March 4, 2009 at 5:53pm

    This BAD FOUNTAIN concept is too much fun. I need a movie poster. I’m texting my brother.

    Katherine’s last blog post..Moving Pictures.

  12. Amy

    March 4, 2009 at 7:20pm

    This movie is practically writing itself.

  13. Will (oslowe)

    March 4, 2009 at 7:39pm

    Tagline: “Some Things are Just Born Bad”

    Alternate 1: “Some Fountains are Just Made Bad”
    Alternate 2: “Some Things are Just Made Bad”
    Alternate 3: “This Fountain Will Tear Your Soul Apart”

  14. nana

    March 4, 2009 at 8:40pm

    definitely a drive-in, definitely…

  15. B

    March 4, 2009 at 7:51pm

    I don’t see many movies in theater anymore? But Bad Fountain? I’m so the first in line. Hopefully at a drive in though cuz it just seems more appropriate that way.

    B’s last blog post..Progress (I think…)

  16. liz

    March 4, 2009 at 10:08pm

    Alternate 4: “Don’t Drink the Water”
    Alternate 5: “We Asked for a Water Feature, and got this Awful Modern Art Thing”

    And it can be choreographed to old Michael Jackson! …

    liz’s last blog post..seventeen months

  17. Mary

    March 5, 2009 at 12:37pm

    Wow, CommentLuv is behind the times!

  18. Jenn

    March 5, 2009 at 6:19pm

    Clint Eastwood must read the tagline. Please.

  19. Will Campbell

    March 6, 2009 at 3:30pm

    Water. Water. EVERYWHERE!

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