Today was a big day for me. Target marked many of their toys down to 75% off. For a stay at home Mom to five kids, this qualifies as an event. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a babysitter, but I was not going to miss out. I loaded up the crew and took them with me. This meant I got there later than planned and things were kind of picked over. It also made it impossible to hold things back as birthday presents for Will. Oh well, I still found some good deals. I bought quite a bit and saved some money. In my book, that qualifies as a good day.
Unfortunately, my good mood did not continue. We got home, I gave the kids lunch and put them down for their nap. Then I sat down to check my email. I got an email from a friend named Gina. Gina told me that a Facebook friend of hers (who I do not know) had taken a picture of me holding Will's hand and pushing the quad stroller into Target. She then posted it on her Fb page with the caption, "Please, don't ever let this be me."
I can not even tell you how I feel right now. Unfortunately, my first reaction was vanity. I really wished I had taken a moment to fix my hair instead of just pulling it back into a ponytail. But you know what? I was going to shop the clearance aisles at Target with my family, I didn't really think I needed to get ready for my close-up!
Then I felt anger and outrage. Never let her have five wonderful children to love and adore? Fine, she doesn't deserve them! Not that it matters, but, for the record, my children were very good while we were out. It's not like they were crying and screaming or behaving terribly. They were sweet and adorable.
At this point, I mostly feel annoyed. I have plenty to deal with in my daily life. I really do not need people photographing and commenting on my family. I try to be polite to people who comment or ask questions, but I do say no if people ask to take their picture (you'd be amazed how many people have asked!). I see people taking pics with their cell phones sometimes and have not been bold enough to ask them to stop. Well, that is about to change.
I hope that this makes sense. I am still so shaken up, I'm not sure if I'm able to express myself clearly. I just wanted to try and get this out and processed. What should I do? Should I try to contact this person? Ask her to take the picture down?