Soon my son will be a one year old.
And it got me reflecting about my year as a mother. My ups and down’s, my proud mummy moments, my not so proud mummy moments. Most of them I have shared on my blog. But it occurred to me I never shared one of my most defining moments as a mother. One that I am proud to say taught me to trust my instincts and stand up for what I believe in, even if it means having a difficult conversation with a stranger in public. But I’m sure you will agree, I handled it well.
Anyway, here it is… my most defining moment as a mother!
I was at the ATM in town. My little one was snug as a bug in his pram. He was wearing a bear beanie (beanie with ears) and a cardy knitted by nanny.
He was cute.
I had him facing away from me while I was withdrawing money, not sure why really, perhaps because I sat my wallet on top of my pram to keep it close – you know how you keep it close in case someone sneaks up behind you – well I was doing that.
Anyway here I am minding my own business when I hear a click of a camera shutter. I turn around and find a woman pointing her iphone at my son.
I look at her.
She looks at me.
I don’t smile.
I think to myself…. “Oh no you didn’t”!!!
“Did you just take a photo of my son?” I ask.
“Yeah, he’s just so cute,” she laughs.
Now as far as I am concerned, she has just broken the cardinal sin of public privacy (a juxtaposition if I ever heard one!).
To say I was p!ssed off was an understatement. I was livid..
L.I.V.I.D. I tell you.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I do not tolerate any breach of privacy.
So I unleashed banshee Lauren. I was so damn wild!
“Oh no,” I said. “You don’t just take a photo of another person’s child without their permission.”
I was seeing red and wanted slap her around the face with a soiled nappy.
See this picture….
this is what I wanted to do!
Instead I took a deep breath and spoke slowly.
“I don’t know you – you don’t know me. I don’t know what you’re going to do with that photo. I don’t know where you’re going to post it. You need to delete it now!”
I think she peed herself.
I am not sure, but the look on her face told me something was happening in the downstairs department.
I don’t understand. How can people be so…. so docile?
How can they not know the etiquette of taking photos of other people’s babies – of strangers babies. You.just.don’t.do.it!
Either this woman is as dumb as a sack of hammers, or there is something seriously wrong with the world if people think this is okay.
Anyway, she fiddled with her phone and said she deleted it. I wish in retrospect I asked to see her delete it.
How do I know that she didn’t Snap Chat it to half a dozen of her friends. Or post it on Instagram or Facebook for a 1000 of her friends to see?
The truth is, I don’t.
Unfortunately the damage was already done.
I just have to hope that no one else finds my baby as cute as she does.
Doubt it though, he’s damn pretty cute.
What is your most defining moment as a mother? Please share, I’d love to hear it!!
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