Moms are constantly concerned about what is best for their children. But there needs to be a limit, especially if the child desires something that isn’t theirs. One woman recently described how she was pushed by an arrogant mother to ‘share’ her Nintendo with her kid since the poor kid had nothing to do on a 2-hour journey. Read the story and let us know how you would handle the situation.
This just happened the other day and after sharing this story with friends and family, a few of them suggested that I share it here.
The scene is a southwest airline flight. I was sitting in a window seat next to two lovely women, and directly horizontal from us was an empty seat, a mom, and her son. The flight was taking off. For those who don’t know, you are required to stay seated and keep your seatbelts on for the beginning of the flight until the captain says otherwise. I was strapped in my seat and decided to take out my Nintendo switch from my carryon beneath my feet.
“Excuse me? Ma’am?”
I didn’t realize at first that the mother in the seats horizontal from me was trying to get my attention. She unbuckled her belt and moved to the empty seat by the aisle, closer to me.
“Ma’am! With the video game!”
I lifted my head, but the stranger next to me nudged me as well. “That lady wants to get your attention…” the woman next to me muttered.
I turned my head to see this woman leaning across the aisle with her hands on the armrest of the aisle seat in my row.
“Sorrrry,” she began. “I just wanted to know if there was any way that my son could use that game for a little while.”
“I’m so sorry,” I began. “My Nintendo switch is just really important to me. I don’t feel comfortable giving it to anyone I don’t know. I don’t even let my sisters play with it-“
I was going to continue but the woman cut me off. “Oh my sons is not like most kids,” she replied. “He’s not destructive, his cousin has one of those and he knows how to play.”
She smiled and set her hand out. The two women seated next to me looked at me, as if they were also in disbelief.
“I’m sorry,” I said again. “I just don’t feel comfortable. I brought it for myself.”
“How old are you?” The woman said with a huff, retracting her hand and slapping it on her lap.
“I’m 25, but I don’t see how that matters.” I replied, growing exceptionally uncomfortable.
“Well,” she began, clearly sounding agitated. “My son is 8. This is an hour and 45 minute flight and he just wants something to do. He can’t see it for a few minutes?”
“No. I am not comfortable with that, I’m sorry, but I’m expecting you to understand since this is my property.” I put my head down and I unpaused my game, as to ignore anything she had further to say.
“Are you serious?” She seemed genuinely livid. “Well (insert child’s name here), sorry buddy. Not everyone knows how to share,” the woman said to the kid next to her. Her child started whining and kicking the seat in front of him. “Thanks for this!” She said to me. “A sweet kid just wants to share with you and you’re being ignorant about it.”
Before I even opened my mouth, one of the ladies in my row snapped back at her. “How dare you bring that energy on this plane. She told you so kindly that she doesn’t feel comfortable with passing her electronics to a stranger!”
The mother wasn’t having it. “She’s an adult and can’t share with a child for a few minutes of a nearly 2 hour flight?!”
“YOU should’ve brought something for him to do then,” the woman in my row responded. It shut her up good.
At the end of the flight, the woman collected her luggage from the overhead bins and said “I hope you’re happy going against god’s word, not sharing with a child.”
Some of the people around us giggled. I’m sure that they all overheard the drama at the beginning of the flight. I’ve come across some entitled people in my life, but this strange lady took the cake.
What would you do in her situation? Here are a few comments on the story where it was originally posted: