Thursday, March 28, 2013

Parents Behaving Badly: Sweet CeCe's Edition

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Sweet CeCes Belle Meade: not equipped for diaper changes
  • Sweet CeCe's Belle Meade: not equipped for diaper changes
There’re a lot of things that change within a person once they become a parent. Those of you who are parents or who have friends who have become parents know this well. Sometimes, though, we parents don’t realize what’s happened to us. We do…things. Things that may make sense to us or we may not have even considered long enough to determine their appropriateness.

Take, for example, Nashville-area mom, Taylor. Taylor visited the Sweet CeCe’s location in Belle Meade recently and was, apparently, dismayed to find that there was no changing table inside the restroom at the yogurt place. So Taylor decided it was perfectly fine to change her son’s diaper on a chair in the restaurant’s (very small) dining room. This act prompted a “teenage blonde bimbo” employed by Sweet CeCe’s to request that she take a chair into the restroom to do the dirty work so that other patrons would not be subjected to her son’s personal business.

Now, I’m all for forgiving the occasional error in judgment from parents. I’m sure I’ve been there. Once you become a parent, things change in your brain. Just take a look at any Honda Odyssey on the road. Find one that's got no body damage. But, as the source of my story, STFU, Parents (a blog dedicated to parents’ overshares on social media) indicates, Taylor did not take this request with aplomb; instead she posted a nasty status update on her Facebook page, blaming the restaurant's lack of changing table in the restroom for her misdeed. Last I checked, Sweet CeCe's was not the kind of place that you linger in for hours on end. I'm having a hard time believing that the little darling couldn't wait until getting out to the car or until you've made it home. And if it's a diaper that simply won't wait, you damn sure don't have any business changing it in an area where the public eats.

Anyway, if you were the employee at Sweet CeCe’s, what would you have done? I think I would have done the same thing, though perhaps leaving out any reference to specific genitalia. And if I’d been the mom, I would have been horrified that I was committing such a terrible faux pas. It’s not quite like setting up a potty chair in the middle of a restaurant, but it’s still quite unsanitary, not to mention unappetizing.

So next time you hear some kid wailing at the top of its lungs, just know that it could be worse.

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