So I was half-listening to the breakfast TV chatter the other day when I found myself frothing at the mouth.
OK, so my cappuccino probably had more to do with the white foam than my mounting rage, but still.
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The story which caught my attention was about a cafe that had banned buggies.
Now, forgive me for coming late to the debate but, as all my social activities are now done in the company of Munchkin, I find myself with an opinion.
I don't know the cafe in question but, since being in possession of a buggy, I have experienced a lot of uncalled for aggro on (rare) jaunts into city eateries.
Recently, I had arranged to meet a pal for lunch. So excited was I at the prospect of meeting someone outwith a soft play environment that Munchkin and I arrived in good time at the allocated venue; a city centre café with an outdoor terrace.
Having settled ourselves at an outdoor table, me on a seat, he in his buggy, which was slotted so far underneath the table that it took up less room than an occupied chair.
Within seconds a waitress appeared by my side and informed me, not of the specials, but that I had better move the offending buggy as I was causing an obstruction to her and other customers.
Mortified, I dutifully pushed Munchkin so far under the table that only his eyes were visible before my brain kicked in and I marched out.
After a quick call to my lunch date, we arranged an alternative rendezvous at a place which we often frequented back in the days when I had a social life.
Again, keen to soak up the sun we took a seat outside.
After 20 minutes, a waitress appeared. Excellent, we thought, better late than never.
"I'm afraid you are going to have to leave" said she, prompting my jaw to drop. "We don't have a licence for children."
By now, Munchkin was over it and had fallen asleep. "But he won't be eating any food," I said. "He is breast fed." To no avail. We were escorted off the premises.
So, next time, you are tempted to tut at a buggy, please remember that the frazzled mum behind it has been up since dawn trying to find something to wear that isn't food splattered, has risked a hernia hauling said buggy on and off public transport and would really appreciate a smile.