@postaday 260; #postaday2011.
I bet she voted for President Obama, as did I. I bet she thought she was morally obligated to show her concern for a child with a cough. But really, I don’t know what she was thinking as she stopped the masters swim session last night to bring to my attention (and my coach — Kid1’s social studies teacher, and Kid1’s school principal) that she noticed my daughter was coughing. News flash: Kid2 has been coughing since the first week of school. Why wouldn’t I be aware?
It was all I could do to not whip my right arm down and spray a wall of water at her. Really? You think I’m not AWARE?
Unsatisfied, she then went over to my daughters, who were playing in a different section of the pool and told them:
- She was a teacher.
- Apparently, their mother isn’t worried about them.
- They could go to school and ask their teacher for medicine.
- And Kid2 has whooping cough.
- Which means that she is also a medical professional?
- You might get splashed.
- You might have to identify yourself.
- Your professional skills might be questioned.
- You might walk away feeling like a horse’s ass. And that would be correct.
- If you’re a teacher, then you’d be familiar with state and federal laws prohibiting the dispensing of medicines at school.
- If you’re a doctor, you wouldn’t want to upset a child by telling her, without a parent present, what her diagnosis is. Especially in a swimming pool! Especially free of charge!
- If you’re a Child and Family Services employee, then you would be familiar with the judicial path to attending to Hawaii’s families.
- If your morals compel you to meddle in the business of strangers, then you could probably find plenty of those in need outside of a private swimming club setting.
- Mind Your Own Business.
- Know when to shut your mouth.
- Know the difference between a happy child and an unhappy child.
- Know the difference between a healthy child and a child with a chronic disease.
- Know the difference between a loved child and an abused child.
- Know the difference between a mother in love with her children and a mother who is not.
- Know when you’re way out of line.