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Just because I speak a different language with my kids, it doesnt mean I dont understand what you are saying, so get your judgey pants off!

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QuintessentialShadow Tue 16-Sep-08 17:38:36

Had some errands after school, had to buy ds1 crocs sandals for school (it was a letter home instructing us what to buy), and went for a meal in the food corner after. They had sausages and chips. I had a chicken salad. THEN they had an ice cream each. My treat for them. We had a horrible day yesterday, as I spent most of it in tears and hysteria (rare occurence).

So, this couple next to our table, started discussing how I could give my children ice cream at tea time. Bad mother, I should be home with my kids and feed them a healthy nutritious meal.

They obviously thought I was clueless, as I spoke English with my kids.

Till my son piped up in Norwegian "Mum, why are those people talking about us eating ice cream?" To which I had the pleasure of replying in Norwegian "Because some times people are rude, and conern themselves too much with other peoples business when they shouldnt."

Was I rude or unreasonable?

saltire Tue 16-Sep-08 17:40:02

Not rude.
Not unreasonable.

macaco Tue 16-Sep-08 17:40:10

no go girl!

MmeLindt Tue 16-Sep-08 17:40:40

You were absolutely right, that was incredibly rude of the couple at the next table. Well done.

Hope you all enjoyed the icecream

CatMandu Tue 16-Sep-08 17:40:48

No, you were fantastic grin.

JuneBugJen Tue 16-Sep-08 17:41:10

Yes you were unreasonable. you should have pulled a Fruit Shoot from your bag and lobbed it at their idiot heads.

That would have been far more appropriate. wink

nailpolish Tue 16-Sep-08 17:41:17

what is wrong with having a pud after tea? i was at the dentist yesterday and had a big chat to him about pud and chocolate etc
he is a fabulous dentist, i love him to bits, he said sweet things are FINE as part of a meal, saliva levels drop anyway after you eat, blah blah, you should have spouted all that to the nosy sods

FrockHorror Tue 16-Sep-08 17:41:52

<applauds QS> Well done, cheeky gits grin

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 16-Sep-08 17:42:08



That'll teach Mr and Mrs Judgey Judge Pants.

Heh heh heh

BellaBear Tue 16-Sep-08 17:42:29

ha ha! I don't think you were rude.

I had this once, I worked in a posh shop, so did my sister. An Israeli couple came in and spent a lot of money but were being quite rude about us and the shop in hebrew. We both understand a bit, enough to know they were using insults and were generally Not Being Nice and as they were leaving my sister called out 'thank you, see you later!' in hebrew. Brilliant seeing the look on their faces!


WelliesAndPyjamas Tue 16-Sep-08 17:43:37

Not unreasonable. Brilliant.

What on earth is wrong with ice cream at tea time after a meal, I wonder?

How did they react? Tell us!

nailpolish Tue 16-Sep-08 17:44:14

how old were they , quint?

WelliesAndPyjamas Tue 16-Sep-08 17:44:35

bellabear - grin

hecate Tue 16-Sep-08 17:45:04

heehee. How delightful! Yes, tell us about the look on their faces!! grin

kitbit Tue 16-Sep-08 17:45:52

Superb reply! What were they doing there anyway, why were they not at home having decent nutrition?
And just when ARE you meant to have ice cream if it isn't after your meal and as a treat for having a shit day?
Stupid people.

FrockHorror Tue 16-Sep-08 17:46:32

<hijack: Hi Hecate! How's things? Just wanted to say thanks for your advice re DH, is working wonders lol!>

QuintessentialShadow Tue 16-Sep-08 17:47:15

They just stared. Then finnished their coffees and made a hasty retreat without a word.

Funny thing, their table was laden, they had had dinner, AND icecream, too.

But the woman had spent the last 10 minutes, I kid you not (I could not help overhear), complaining about some blue mohair that was stuck on her jumper after trying on a knitte mohair vest in a boutique, and kept repeating they should complain to the management, but maybe not bother, as somebody else probably would. The man just kept going, "yes love". That is, until they discovered my kids eating ice cream. Then they both latched onto that.. hmm

flourybaps Tue 16-Sep-08 17:47:42


Im quite partial to a double 99 meself! grin

QuintessentialShadow Tue 16-Sep-08 17:48:05

Oh, I guess late fifties? He could have been older.

Bumperlicious Tue 16-Sep-08 17:48:12

Heee heeee, sounds like they should have a bit of tea time ice cream themselves to stop them being such miserable sods.

Earthymama Tue 16-Sep-08 17:48:32

I've been trying to post but am so outraged that I can't form a coherent statement of how wrong they are.

I have photos of my children eating HUGE icecream sundaes in France when they were little and photos of my grandchildren in a 'proper' icecream parlour in Tenby this summer eating a wonderful creation. Did I or does my daughter feed them on icecream alone? No it's a treat, a wonderful sensuous enjoyable TREAT!!

You were very well behaved but I'm still shock on your fact I think I may need some icecream to revive me!!

hana Tue 16-Sep-08 17:48:38

I've had this too - such satisfaction when you reply in the other language!!

justabouthadcurry Tue 16-Sep-08 17:48:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

QuintessentialShadow Tue 16-Sep-08 17:49:25

Go have icecream! Nothing is better! grin

BellaBear Tue 16-Sep-08 17:50:17

I've just remembered a better one:
My mother was in New York and was buying some Calvin Klein underwear for a male friend of hers (much cheaper) and the whole time she was in the shop the assistants were slagging her off in Hebrew, wondering why a middle aged woman was buying underwear for men, did she have a toyboy, etc etc. She waited till the end before saying she spoke hebrew, in hebrew.

The moral of the story: NEVER assume that someone doesn't speak your language.

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