When we came home and Ella retold the incident, I suggested that she make a thank-you note for Brenden and his mother. She happily drew a picture with Brenden and Ella in it, some flowers, a sun, moon AND stars. I told her how to spell, "thank you." Since I didn't know who Brenden was and we get to school really early, I figured I would put the note in Brenden's daily file--that way, his mother or father would pick it up.
I was running really late today, so I ended up dropping off the girls much later than I usually do. With the card in tow, I was getting Genna out of her car seat, when I heard Ella say, "Hi Brenden" to a little boy across the parking lot. His mother was taking a newborn out of another car seat while Brenden responded, "Hi Ella."
Ah-HA! Finally, this is the little boy who thinks so much of Ella. Hmmm, he is waaay cute, but why is he wearing such a thick gold chain around his 4 year old neck? Stop it, Hausfrau. Do.Not.Judge.
My thoughts were interrupted by Brenden's mother saying, "Oh. So this is Ella," in a tone that implied that she had just stepped in a pile of dog shit. Her face curled up into what should of been a smile, but was more like a lazy snarl. "Hmm, I wonder what she did to make Brenden want to pick flowers for her out of my garden."
My face instantly got hot. "What do you mean by that?" I asked. Unfortunately, there would be no answer because she sailed into the building and took her newborn to the infant room. I was fuming. I wish I had never established the rule about NOT hitting people when they are holding babies. By the look on her face and the tone of her voice, she was implying that my 5 YEAR OLD daughter was a tramp. Ella chased after her with the thank-you card, obviously unaware of what has just transpired. I didn't see the woman's reaction to the card, but I was so angry, I was tempted to grab it back from her. I waited for her to come outside of the infant room so that I could ask her why she would insult me and my daughter in this way. The problem was, there were dozens of children and parents milling about, so it's not like I would have been able to take part in any type of smack-down with her anyway. She was also taking her sweet-ass time and I needed to tend to my girls, so I reluctantly left the doorway of the infant room and went about my business. She left when I wasn't looking because her car was gone when I got back out to the parking lot.
I am annoyed that I didn't have an opportunity to call this bitter mass of a woman out. I just cannot imagine anyone having such poor social graces. I have said for years that I am so worried that some little girl is going to someday hurt my daughter with hateful words and that it would be all I can do to not kill that child for hurting her. I never thought I would hear such nastiness from a grown woman.
When I picked up the girls from school today, Ella mentioned that the card she made for Brenden ended up in the trash. I knew she was hurt because she gets hacked off when I dare throw away any scrap piece of paper at home that she scribbles on. What I wanted to say was, "Bitch didn't deserve your card anyway!" What I really told her that it didn't matter and that she had done a good thing by writing the thank you note.