Sometimes I am really surprised at different people's reactions to my children. Because I get all kinds.
I have four of them, ranging from age 2 to 8. I think, that for the most part, they are pretty good kids. Yes, one will have the occasional tantrum in the grocery store or, heaven forbid, the library, but for the most part. So, yesterday we went downtown to Salt Lake. We were there to check out the new (and free, I might add) children's exhibit at the Church History Museum. We walked in the front door and stopped at the front desk to get directions to the exhibit. I was with a good friend and neither one of us had any intention on walking through the entire museum to find it.
While we were talking to one of the gentleman at the front desk, the other gentlemen proceeded to berate our four year old boys for being, well, boys. They weren't yelling, they weren't even really running. Just doing the the little boy "if you poke me, I'm going to poke you back" thing. I separated them and we moved on. Luckily, the children's exhibit catered to, well, children, there was much running and playing and no on was rebuked.
From there, we headed to the Conference Center. My girls were really excited to see where Conference actually happens. The first thing our tour guide told us was that being in the Conference Center was kind of like being in church and so we needed to act just like we would at church. (Which isn't saying much because it isn't uncommon for my kids to go booking it down the church hallways. . . ) Not five minutes later, while I was doing my best to keep the four year old boys from splashing in the nearby fountain, a grandmotherly lady approached our group and praised all the children for being so good. To the point where she emotionally commented that she had never seen a group of kids be so reverent there before.
Honestly, I was flattered and a bit confused. Maybe she missed the boys splashing in the fountain and my two year old growling from the stroller because there was a cool echo. But, you know. Better than being rebuked!