Do you ever feel like you are being watched? Now, I don’t mean in the creepy, stalkerish way. Instead, I guess I mean… observed.
As a mom, it’s easy to feel like every thing I do, the moment I step in to a public place with my children, is being taken in and even scrutinized. I know this to be true partly by the looks and stares I see people throw our way, sometimes not so inconspicuously. Perhaps I am overly sensitive to this fact.
Or, perhaps not.
I know that when I am in a public place without my own children, I tend to find myself observing those who do have children along with them. Most often I catch myself smiling at a funny thing a little tyke said or did. But, sometimes I cringe at the way a parent handles a situation with their child. Somewhat conspicuously, I have to admit.
I know people like to observe us, just as I observe other families.
The truth is, because I have half a dozen little ones with me most everywhere I go, I do tend to be a bit concerned with not being too loud or obnoxious when we grace any place with our presence. Unfortunately, this is sometimes due to the fact that I worry too much about what other people think. Mostly, however, I do hope that people see in us something different - a desire to be courteous of others.
If we live it, both in private and in public, we won't necessarily have to worry about being watched observed.