The thread about saving places in line made me think about a situation Mr K and I encountered at the mall last weekend.
We took Little Knit to meet Santa Claus. She was VERY
excited about it. We'd just finished watching Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (for like the 5th or 6th time), and she's really getting into the idea of Santa. She kept asking if we'd see his reindeer, too.
Santa is scheduled to arrive at 11am. Like just about every other parent, we figured it would be prudent to arrive early. We got there at 10:45am. The lineup went all the way through the winding barriers and out past several stores. Given the number of kids in line and assuming that families would be seen together and at about 5 minutes per kid, it was at least an hour long wait.
One woman* who entered the mall in front of us sent one of her kids ahead to run and save a place in line for them. Mr K and I arrived in line a second or two behind them. This was totally fine by us.
I mention it as an example of how others "saved" places in line.
There was no way that Little Knit was going to happily wait in line for an hour or more. It just would not have happened. We contemplated me taking LK to walk around while Mr K waited. It turned out that I'd forgotten my cellphone, so he would not have been able to call me back at the 10-15 minute wait point. Santa was positioned a little way outside of the Disney store (which reminds me, I have another shopping etiquette question, which I'll ask later), so we would not have needed to go far to keep LK happy for an hour. But all of this was moot, since I had no cellphone.
My question is, when you take a toddler to see Santa, are you obligated to keep the toddler in the Santa line for the entire wait? Or is this a case where one parent can hold the spot in line while the other keeps the toddler occupied.
*This woman was rude for other reasons, which were not limited to loudly griping about the fact that Santa didn't show up early and LOUDLY stating (to me) that there ought to be two Santa's in the mall. I looked at her funny and replied that I was "sure Santa probably wanted to eat first, since he was going to be here through the lunch hour. And anyway, two Santa's? *tsk*
There's only one Santa!"
We got to see Santa on the way out of the mall, which positively delighted LK. He was coming in as we were heading out, and he stopped to say hello to her. He was the "real" Santa, too. We have one really amazing "career Santa" in our city, complete with full white real beard and natural padding. I see him on the bus sometimes in the summer and he absolutely delights in his role as Santa.