Mom Tara Carson became national news last week when her toddler got yelled at by a diner proprietress, and she took to the Internet to complain.
Now Tara's telling her side in a newspaper, for crying out loud.
Just to quickly recap, Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner yelled at a toddler to shut up. The main reason this story keeps raging is that she refuses to apologize. In fact, she seems pretty proud of it:
And "the incident" seems to have touched a nerve in two very opinionated communities: moms and people who hate having their meals ruined by crying children. Honestly, I've always identified with the latter group, but Darla Neugebauer does not seem to be stacking a full set of pancakes, if you know what I mean.
Here is the original post by the mom and the response in the Marcy's diner controversy: pic.twitter.com/wWEPUqbIDs
— TVTEDDY (@TVTEDDY) July 20, 2015
So the fires of Internet comments about who is a child-traumatizing monster and who should be sterilized rage on. Sunrise, sunset.
Except now "The Washington Post" has taken this nonsense so seriously, they gave Tara Carson her own opinion piece:
"She pointed at my baby's face and screamed, 'You need to shut the hell up!'
My husband replied, 'Are you serious? Are you really yelling at a toddler right now?'
'As serious as a heart attack,' she said, with fury in her eyes.
I'll never forget the look of fear on my baby's face.
It was then that I turned to my daughter and said calmly, 'This is exactly how I'm raising you not to be.'"
Oh, shnap. That last line is too sweet. Frankly, it makes me suspicious of the rest of her account. Who amongst us has the perfect comeback at just the right moment? That never happens!
Whatever Tara Carson says, it's unlikely anyone's minds are going to be changed. The crux of her argument is that it was raining, so she didn't want to take the baby outside. Oh, Tara, you think that'll keep the baby-haters off your back? Nope. She should just be as unapologetic at the unhinged diner owner and say, "I am going to feed my crying toddler pancakes until you pry the fork from my cold dead hand."
Because no matter what you do, there'll always be people who want to tell you how to parent.
Meanwhile, we're waiting for Darla's rebuttal to appear in this Sunday's New York Times.