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Is a harmonica 'restaurant-friendly'?
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We've done quite a lot of talking about what makes an establishment kid friendly or not. Last night I had the most ludicrous experience
in my recent dining history. We took our kids to see the circus and stopped for dinner at a restaurant across from the
venue. The place is hardly gourmet and loud enough to accommodate kids, seven of them at our table alone.
However, at the next table a 2- to 3-year-old was busily playing with a, it's almost too crazy to say it out loud, you will simply never believe me. She was playing with a harmonica at the table. In a restaurant. Blowing it loudly as if in a trance for about 30 minutes. My kids were staring at the table, nearly as incredulous as me. Who brings a harmonica to a restaurant, child-friendly or not?
Near the end of their meal the little girl had a frantic crying meltdown and the crying I didn’t even notice. That’s the normal routine when you bring a child to dinner at a restaurant. Eventually they may not be able to handle it and you just hope you’re finished by the time that happens. But a harmonica? I’m embarrassed to be a parent when parents behave like that, they make us all look stupid.