At the grocery (AGAIN) yesterday with my daughter, age 8. This time it wasn't in the holiday baking aisle, at least. I was in the dairy aisle and passed a woman with two small children. The kids were obviously excited about Christmas and were singing and talking about Santa and presents and maybe getting snow. They were speaking at an average conversational volume level, not obnoxious or painfully loud to be around. I passed them, DD wished them Merry Christmas. All was good. A lady came around the corner of the aisle and searched for items near the kids. They started singing again and she turned on them with this angry, irritated expression and said, "SHHHHHH." The shushing was just as loud, if not louder, as the singing and done in this really hostile, hissing sort of way.
My jaw dropped. She clearly didn't know this family and she was angrily shushing the kids! The mother said, "Ma'am. Please don't do that."
The woman snapped, "I HAVE A HEADACHE. I don't need all that extra noise! Tell them to shut up!"
The mother opened her mouth to respond, but glanced at her children and pushed the cart away from Headache Lady. On the next aisle, I ran into the mom again. The kids were much quieter and all their happy spirit seemed to be sucked out of them. The mom and I shared this incredulous, "What the heck?" look. DD told the kids she really liked their singing, which made them smile a little.
I didn't run into the family again, but a few aisles later I crossed paths with Headache Lady. DD was telling me a funny story from school in a completely normal, not-loud conversational tone. Headache Lady saw her and very clearly narrowed her eyes at my daughter. I watched her face change to that angry, irritated expression she wore earlier when she shushed the kids. DD saw it too and stopped speaking. Headache Lady seemed frustrated and that she no longer had a target and huffed off, muttering to herself about loud kids everywhere. DD continued her story, relatively unfazed.
It was like she was actively seeking out children to "upset her" so she could fuss at them. If you have a headache, I sympathize, but perhaps you should stay away from a very busy, noisy grocery store until you feel better.
Normally, I'm not a "but they're just being chiiiiiiildreeeeeen" person, but this seems petty and mean spirited and very very speshul.