Dear Mouthy Housewives,
I am part of a baby playgroup and this week it was my turn to host. There are about six moms and no one showed up. In their favor, hail rained down during the time of the playdate. But how hard is it to get in the car (even with a baby)? Should I be pissed or just let it go? I even had fresh bagels!
Stood Up for My Playdate
Dear Stood Up,
People with babies can be so inconsiderate, can’t they? Why, just last week I was in the ladies room at DSW Shoes, using the baby changing table as a workspace to try to make the flats I was about to return look unworn via shoe polish and rubber cement, when in marches some mother with a newborn who apparently needed his diaper changed right that second. Her sense of entitlement was staggering, I tell you. She wouldn’t even let me use his little bib as a toilet seat cover.
Now, back in my mother-to-a-newborn days, I never missed a single playgroup event. You know why? Because we served wine at our playgroup events. W-I-N-E. Not frickin’ bagels. And let me tell you, lady, I would have driven through an acid rain storm to get to those fabulous shindigs. Because let’s face it: when you live with a baby, you’re sleep deprived, your boobs are leaky, and you’re probably rockin’ pants from The Gap’s “Large ‘n In Charge” department—there ain’t a whole lot to look forward to most days.
That’s why I say you should forget about the no-shows this time and not take it personally. We all know new moms can get a little frazzled about taking the baby out in bad weather. (Unlike mothers of school-aged kids who’ll push them outside and into a raging monsoon if it means they can watch Regis & Kelly in peace.)
The next time you host a playgroup, just put away the damn bagels and try to instead make it a day of wine, women and song. Or even a day of iced tea, ladies and church music, if you swing that way. Because while your plagroup definitely wants to see you, when you’re dealing with a sleep-deprived, leaky mom, sometimes a little extra incentive goes a long way.
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