|See the ice cream vendor trying to lure Greyson in with her smiles? Just like a drug dealer.|
Now that I'm on Park Slope Parents I see why Park Slope families get the reputation of being militant and crazy. Some are militant and crazy...but I think most of them are normal parents, but they're not the ones emailing their opinions saying they don't care about the ice cream vendors either way.
Reporters scavenge for stories about parenting on the listserv. It's easy for them! A discussion will start on the forum and then people with extreme opinions start chiming in and it turns into a verbal tornado. When probably 95% of the people on the listserv aren't vehement about the issue either way. Reporters see a discussion with all sorts of polarizing elements and all of a sudden every parent in Park Slope is either adamantly for or against ice cream vendors in the park. That makes for great copy! Meanwhile, when I've seen those vendors in the park, no one has seemed to care. I saw them and thought it was a little weird, but I was like, whatever. It's harmless. But, if I had to choose sides, I'd say that vendors shouldn't be on the playgrounds. Where's the line? There could be 100 vendors in there and then you'd be at a food court, not a playground.
I love the listserv, though. It's very entertaining. And I love that even people who aren't on the listserv are kept apprised of the crazies. Because the people who don't live in Park Slope or have kids are like, this has got to be a joke. But it's not! These people really exist!
|Ice cream is like a drug!|