Ok, here’s the scenario. You’re a mom with a 4- or 5-year-old son. Surely there are many of you out there. And you enjoy taking your child to the park. And when you take him to the park, there are several other mothers there, and many of them have 4- and 5-year-old daughters. And you start talking to them and having a really nice time getting to know all of them as all of your children play together.
Then, one day, you take your young son to the park and those mothers with their daughters are already there. And one of the mothers approaches you and asks you if you would mind taking your son and leaving the park so she and the other mothers could have some special “girl time” with each other. How would you feel about that?
Well, that did happen. The mother who asked the other mother with a son to leave wrote advice columnist Carolyn Hax to get HER take on it. But back to the park situation. The mother who was asked to take her son and leave was not at all happy about that. No. Not one bit.
This is what that mom who asked her to leave wrote to Hax: “She refused and seemed angry at me. If she comes back, is there a better way I can approach her? This has been such a sweet time for moms and daughters, and having a boy there is naturally going to change things.”
She continued: “We live in a world where boys get everything and girls are left with the crumbs, and I would think that this mom would realized that, but she seems to think her son is entitled to crash this girls-only time.”
Well, this was Hax’s response: “Goddess, help us all,” and she told mom that shooing off the mom and her boy was a terrible idea, saying: “That kid is a human being, not with privileged man feelings, either, but with feelings, period.”
Hax then said that the mom she shooed off was the possessor of the same “crumbs” other moms have been fed, and she deserved to be there with the other mothers. Hax then told the mom to have a girls-only event at a private location. NOT a public park.