Was This A **** Test?
Earlier today the girlfriend and I are queuing in a store. It was fairly long and moving slowly which meant that a lot of people, especially mothers with young kids, were all stood in close proximity together. Two young guys (early-twenties) joined the end of the line and both are expressing their dislike for having to wait with a lot of bad language and vulgar terms. Not directed at anyone in particular but not the sort of language you want around young kids either so I turn to them and simply say:
"Keep the language down in front of all the kids please lads"
And both immediately apologise, first to myself, then to the queue and begin talking in a more civilised manner. No harm done, no threats of violence and no fuss right? A couple of the mothers turn to thank me, as does the overworked cashier but my girlfriend? She then rolls her eyes and declares:
"Jesus you're like one of those old men who tell kids to watch their language!"
To which I respond that I was doing it for the kids, not for her and she quiets down and mumbles that I probably think she's a bad mother for swearing in front of her own kids. I say nothing. Later I leave the house to walk the dogs and this time she shouts "don't go shouting at people to mind their language!" but again I say nothing in response. It's clear that its still on her mind but here is what I'm curious about:
Was that a **** test?
How should I have responded?