I think the mother was doing a great job!! She had her 3 children following her and the tray of Happy Meals to their seat. The twin girls and brother (they could have been triplets….they were all that close in age) sat at the circular table waiting for their specific Happy Meals to be placed in front of their smiling, happy faces. The first delivery hit a snag when a cheeseburger appeared where a plain hamburger was expected.
With the rest of the Happy Meals being passed out without any problems, “mom” prepared the kids to sit still while she went and exchanged the faulty hamburger. (I was prepared to jump in, but people with kids are wary of strangers volunteering to help them with their precious kids…) Before mom got to far into her “be good for just a minute” speech, the male member of the party decided to go for some attention.
Mom: What is it? What happened?
Twin#1: He got ketchup in my eye.
Mom: Looking at son, “You don’t even like ketchup. What were you doing playing with the ketchup? Gimme that ketchup.” Looking at daughter, “It was just ketchup. It is not worth getting that upset about.”
After she returned with the hamburger defrocked of its cheese, my fellow Mickey D-ites pretty much kept to themselves….almost. As I was preparing to put my laptop back in its case, I noticed a ketchup looking substance on the top of the case. And, the table top by my case had a few splotches of ketchup as well. They were easily dabbed up with a napkin. But, their presence set me to wondering…
The table with the triplets (or twins plus one) was probably 8-10 feet from me. For the little ketchup packet to spit out its contents with enough velocity to reach my table, it would likely have stung someone pretty well if it hit them in the face with the rest of the “spit” heading to my table. Obviously, I felt a little more sympathy for the ketchup-welted daughter. And, mom gets some sympathy, too. A son doesn’t stand a chance when he has two sisters right near his age. He likely made a habit of dispensing some creative justice as he attempted to get some attention–any type of attention. Likely, one or both of the girls were also very good at making sure he got away with little—aren’t family dynamics fun?