The other day, I had some time to kill. So I decided to get some coffee and read my book. I walked into Starbucks,  got my coffee, found a nice spot and sat down. I didn’t even get through a page and two sips when this big family came and occupied the the tables next to me. One by one, they just started working their way up to the tables beside me. The next thing I knew there were kids running around my table. The parents were not bothered at all about little children running around hot cups of coffee because they were busy being too loud and engrossed in their conversations. Needless to say, I didn’t get through even a page of my book and I had to get up and leave for fear of an impending coffee burn incident.

More than being irritated by the whole situation, I was appalled. When did coffee shops turn into a fast food joint? And when did parents stop caring about what their kids were doing? I may not be the perfect mother, but I do know not to let my kid turn a coffee shop into a playpen.

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