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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

An Open Letter to the Family Who Persisted In Allowing Thier Child To Run Around Bamboo Valley Buffet on Saturday, February 6th

Dear fellow Bamboo Valley Buffet Patrons,
Last Saturday night, February 6th, 2011 our paths crossed as both of our families dinned on yummy chineese food at Bamboo Valley, Mongolian BBQ and buffet. My family enjoys this restaurant regularly and we always have an excellent experience. On Saturday, however, I was greatly disturbed by something and I would like to bring it to your attention.
As I returned from the buffet, with my plate full of food, I almost stumbled on something. It was something short and pudgy. Something doubtlessly adorable, but even more doubtlessly out of place. It was your child...about two years old, sweet little face..yes, you know the one. At first I thought perhaps she had just climbed down from her chair and you were helping her back to your table, but then I realized this was not the case. A few moments later, she appeared at our table, and at the table of several others, touching things on the table, grabbing the baby's hands and generally disrupting dinner. I don't want to see rude, and I genuinely think your child is really cute, however, I would greatly appreciate your understanding that at a restaurant your kid should remain seated with you. It is exceedingly impolite for you to allow her to interuppt other people's dinner or for you to assume that no one minds being constantly distracted. I understand that eating at a restaurant is eating in a shared space and I don't want to seem unreasonable in my expectations. However, I try very hard to make sure that my children do not bother or disrupt others and I'd appreciate the same consideration. I would never allow my little ones to cruise over to your table, interupt your conversations or pull on your baby's arms and legs while I stand back and smile. And if you met my five year old, you'd know that this is not without great effort on my part.
Simply put, I think children should remain seated in a restaurant with their parents at all times. Call me old fashioned but I find it unacceptable to allow them to leave their seats to roam the floor at will, talk in abnormally loud voices or otherwise become a nuisance to others. I believe that parents have a responsiblity to other patrons and to the restaurant at large to keep their children close to them, relatively quiet and in their chairs.
Thank you to your attention to this matter. Wishing you pleasant dinning!
angela fontenot


Elizabeth said...

AMEN to that!
It drives me crazy when other people think that kind of thing is "cute"...hope the food was good.
Actually, the management should heve done something...they don't want to get a bad reputation.

Mackey said...

DOUBLE AMEN!!!!!! That would have driven me INSANE!!! Hope you were able to us this experience as an "object lesson" for your kids. You know like "see kids...this is WHY I don't allow you too.." Some people.

Hollinger Family said...

ok, so I don't have kids that run around, but they are active, so when our 2 yr old finishes his meal, we allow him to sit under, yes under, the table with a handful of cars or people. He plays quietly for about 10-15 min, most folks don't realize he is even there, and the rest of our lovely clan can finish our meals peacefully. Probably shocks some folks, but hey, it works for us. =)

Kendra said...

Oh man! Children should be seated with their respective families at all times!!! UGH!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you had such a bad experience!
Here praying as always!
Psalms 18:28-30 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
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Drew and Emily said...

Hello fellow mean mom,
It's crazy how many people comment on how great my kids are when we are out even when I feel they are barely meeting the min. expectations of behavoir. We sit on our bottoms in our chair/highchair and face the table, using inside voices, and eating as politely as age allows.

Anonymous said...

Life in this world can look so bleak at times. But the victory is ours through Christ! Put your trust in Him! Praying!
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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debi9kids said...

amen Ang.

Anonymous said...

The Scriptures are full of such amazing and comforting passages. This is one of the best. Hope they are full of comfort for you and know I'm here praying!
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
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