You have a baby, and all of a sudden you see stuff that was there all along, but you never noticed. Like the wording on parking signs. See, I’ve always been vaguely aware that stores had special parking places set aside for pregnant women and moms, but until I became a baby-driving dad, I don’t think I ever gave those signs much thought.
Now, I give them a lot of thought. And here’s my conclusion: it’s an outrage, of course. Our pediatrician’s office has special parking places right at the door for “Mothers with Children.” Seriously? So if Dad comes with a newborn, I can’t park here? What the…? Obviously, I’m not the only guy who felt that way because somebody added “and fathers” to one of the signs with a Sharpie. (It wasn’t me, and I say Sharpie because it looked like a Sharpie was used, not because I did it)
Strollers and baby seats and squirmy babies are no easier to handle for dads than for moms, I’d say. Am I wrong? Does it make sense to set aside sweet spots only for moms? At least I don’t have to worry about it at the library, where a sign I never noticed before suddenly filled me with a nice warm happy feeling: “Parking for Adults with Strollers.”