Anyone who’s been to a restaurant with a fussy baby knows how unpleasant it can be. It can be made even more unpleasant by the comments of strangers—especially those without children who may not understand how hard it is to calm a crying baby.
New mom Lucy Hatami, who lives in the U.K., recently took her 8-month-old son to a restaurant, but inevitably, the little boy wasn’t quite up for the outing. He did what babies do best and began crying and screaming at the table.
According to multiple sources citing Hatami’s Facebook post about the incident, she then heard a man in his 20s say, “I wish she’d shut that thing up!”
Hatami didn’t get a chance to respond. Instead, the man’s father spoke up. What happened next will warm the hearts of new moms everywhere. Here’s what Hatami wrote on her Facebook page, according to Little Things.
Before I could even respond, his dad comes up behind him clips him round the ear and says, “What and you think you were perfect? You were a right little sod. Now stop being a brat, go up there and apologize to her and offer to get her breakfast as she clearly has her hands full!”
Hatami writes that the young man did indeed pay for her breakfast.
The post continues, “Thank you to that dad who even after 20 odd years still remembers the difficulty of being parents to babies!”
This simple interaction at a restaurant serves as an important lesson on how important it is to be kind and compassionate. Thank you to the young man’s father for reminding us all to cut parents of young children a little bit of slack—because you were once that crying baby in a restaurant interrupting someone else’s meal. And, how would you have wanted the people at the next table to treat your mom or dad in that moment?