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30th June 2005

Nekkid @ 14:07




Yeah. I went to Kimos last night for my tea. angelhands was in a meeting and I was starving so I popped along to Kimos. Anyway it was fairly busy for an evening. Mainly families with their kids. One such family was sat at one of the tables on the raised podium. I didn't see them from where I was sat but I was aware of their presence. There was mummy right-on-bear, daddy right-on-bear and baby right-on-bear. A hideous collective of "right-on"ness. You know the type?

Those that have stepped out of the 90's and pepper their conversations with "Yar" and "okhay" and "ryeght". They have friends called Tarquin, Georgina and Harriett and they dress below their income levels so that they are in tune with the prolateriat but live in huge detached houses in the more expensive areas of a town or city. Speak loudly into mobile phones and are openly liberal with their child's behavior. Their idea of chastisement is to smile sweetly and say "Xanthe please don't throw salt over people" to their child in a saccharine tone. The male will wear sandals and sport a "Joy of Sex" beard and quite often be something like an architect or copper bracelet sales man. The female will typically wear combats and wear a scarf on her head and a sour facial expression. She will be typically a pain in the arse do gooder with the most bizarre views [ "Oh I cant possibly let Persephone play with conkers. They are a symbol of feminine repression"] , possibly narcissistic and save her used tampons for some bizarre bonding ritual she's read about in "Harpers & Queen"

Anyway their little 4 year old shit princess, apart from chucking salt at the other diners, was jumping up and down between the parents screaming singing something that resembled the tune to Balamory. Mummy said "Darling please do that quietly Daddy and I are discussing something" in her horridly condescending soft voice before returning to her conversation with her man about Franchesca's menstrual cycle and why being in sync with the moon will cause her problems with Tarquin's wind chime empire to disappate. But that's about as much chastisement little Xanthe got.

I'd finished my meal by this point. I was surprised I actually managed to get the food through my gnashed teeth. Ok don't get me wrong. Im quite tolerant of things. But I can't abide twatty people or twatty people with kids that, had they been me as a kid, would have had a severe telling off and a trip home to bed. So I stood up to go. I thought a well deserved stony yet menacing glare at the family would suffice. I quickly had to divert my gaze!

Why??

Well the child was NAKED from the waist down! FFS!

This is not some sunny far off beach side bar, this is not some homely setting. THIS IS FUCKING KIMOS! If I wanted to see semi-naked children while I ate...I'd....I'd...well I'd go somewhere where naked children are acceptable....Basingstoke...maybe Goole...or Matlock...Not KIMOS! I don't have a problem with breast feeding in public, I don't have a problem with topless barmaids. But I DO have a problem with semi-stark-bollock-children running round or bouncing up and down on chairs drawing attention to themselves....especially in established eateries!

I dunno....am I wrong? Is this acceptable behaviour that I have been previously unaware of?? Am I just being a prude unnecessarily and I should embrace infant nudity [not literally]?? Please let me know....
 
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From:crankybadger
Date:30th June 2005 06:17 (UTC)
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sounds like they need 'The Nanny' to pay them a visit.

I would have been pissed off too. There's no excuse for allowing that sort of behaviour in children.
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From:stegzy
Date:30th June 2005 07:14 (UTC)
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Think they need Trinnie and Suzanna too! Give them some advice on clothes
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From:spiderbabyx
Date:30th June 2005 06:19 (UTC)
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Yikes! That's insane. If it was one of my kids (who are 8, 4, and 4) who behaved that way, we'd have left the restaurant and the offender would have found herself in a lot of trouble.

I can't imagine taking them to ANY restaurant at all half naked. One of my 4 year olds is actually modest and would be humiliated. But still, I think it's tacky when people take kids out in just a diaper or their underpants. I can't even find the word for taking a kid out bare-bottomed.
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From:stegzy
Date:1st July 2005 02:52 (UTC)
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If I had kids I'd probably do the same as you.

I dont mind kids normally. Its just the annoying little shits that I do mind. I know kids can get excitable and mischievous but theres no excuse for behaviour that disturbs others. No matter how cute the kids are!
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:30th June 2005 06:27 (UTC)
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I like nice quiet places were I can hear the conversation of the people I am with, not people I would avoid. I don't think you are wrong, and I would probably have politely ignored them but given in and spoken to the staff before very long.
aaarrrgggghhhh
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From:stegzy
Date:1st July 2005 03:01 (UTC)
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I'll admit I'm a bit of an eavesdropper in public places as it often helps pass the time especially when waiting in a pub for friends. But when all you can hear is one particular group and the main conversation holder is a self righteous tosser preaching or lecturing rather than discussing....well that just isnt my cup of tea....
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From:stegzy
Date:1st July 2005 03:12 (UTC)
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Glad you agree...:-)

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From:celticblissy
Date:30th June 2005 07:55 (UTC)
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lol I am a very liberal kinda woman but I hate extremists like this where it seems more image than anything.
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From:stegzy
Date:1st July 2005 03:14 (UTC)
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I got the impression that it was an image thing. Sort of the "ooh look at us we're so right-on"

Thing is I'm sure people thought of them as annoying rather than "right-on"
From:ex_stephmog743
Date:30th June 2005 09:28 (UTC)
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alexmog is yet to turn two and wouldn't conduvt herself that way in public. A stern "NO." followed by removing offending objects such as salt cellars from her grasp, sitting her back where she is meant to be sitting, or otherwise generally physically rectifying her misdemeanour is rarely enough. She has a short attention span and a wilful streak so dependant on her mood I'll get a couple of minutes of "good Alex" (which is encouraged and smiled upon) before she does it again and I have to repeat the procedure; or she'll wag her finger at me and say "no, that's NAAAUUUGHTY!" and laugh or attempt to run away, at which point further harsher chastisement and/or a promise that she'll go straight to bed when she gets home if she carries on are in order. Parenthood is hard work (hence why I stay a size 10 doing it on my own!). There's no way I'll ever hear political correctness as an excuse for laziness.

As a side note: proof-read your entries!! "family's"? - Shocking!!
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From:stegzy
Date:1st July 2005 03:26 (UTC)
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Arrrrgh! The shame of appauling spelling! I will write out the word "families" 100 times....

From my only meeting with alexmog I could tell that she is a delightful well mannered young miss and the experience certainly renewed my desire to have my own children one day. (something the good lady wife and I have been discussing a lot of late).





From:das_clive
Date:30th June 2005 12:34 (UTC)
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(In a little forlon voice)...

Why Matlock.....? :(

What're you insinuating about us Derbyshireans....? I mean, I know we make green cheese and fight over pigs bladders on a yearly basis, but we're evry normal really.

*Twitch*
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From:stegzy
Date:1st July 2005 03:29 (UTC)
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Ah good point....shows how my "random back of beyond place name generator" does have its flaws. Indeed it should have been Milton Keynes....

Especially as theres a crackin butchers in Matlock that does these scrummy hot beef rolls with gravy and mustard that makes your eyes and nose bleed....exorcist style...

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From:storm1jet2
Date:30th June 2005 13:04 (UTC)
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OMG - semi naked child thats unacceptable in public full stop!

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