Thoughts entered my mind when I viewed this prompt ‘Shut up’.
How do you politely ask or tell someone to be quiet without fear of retaliation?
Mothers often have to take their children along on shopping trips.
I remember the dilemma decades ago faced when my child’s request
was met with the two-letter word ‘no’.
Back then we mothers practiced distraction and method of peace offerings.
(Here’s a cookie taken from my purse – a surprise reward once home for
Mannerisms changed throughout the years.
No person wishes to browse racks of clothes, shelves of goods nor walk the aisles
and listen to a mother shouting the ‘same words’ over and over – words louder
than the cries of the child’s temper tantrum.
Perhaps one day there’ll be a noise control button to push to request a shopper
leave or plain ‘Shut up’.
Until then the idea of carrying a pair of earplugs could curb our urge to utter
distasteful negative words as we continue in fear to keep mum.