I usually rather enjoy going to our local WIC office. I didn’t think that I would, but our appointments have run smoothly, our worker has been kind and there have been few problems thus far.
Our WIC office is merging with another office that closed down. Today was the first I’ve noticed the difference. Our appointment was for 10:40am. We arrived at 10:35am. Usually, as soon as we walk in we meet with our worker, she asks a few questions, we weigh and measure the baby and then we’re on our way. Today …. ugh …. today ….
We were greeted by a lady that grated on my nerves immediately. She handed me the same form we fill out every month and returned my little WIC folder and told me, “Fill out the form and take this to window 2”. Twice. Like I didn’t understand English or something. I felt like I was in a welfare office. This is exactly why I wasn’t sure if I wanted to sign up originally.
I took the papers and went to sit down. She came out of her little box and walked up to me to tell me, “Fill out the form and take this to window 2”. *blank stare* I responded, “I’m filling it out now. I’ll take the folder to window 2 when I’m done. That’s what you want, right?” She seemed exasperated and said, “Take it to the window now”. Whatevs.
I walked the folder to the window and gave it to no one in particular. I was told to take a seat. When I returned to the seating area there was an older woman there with a young man and a boy in a stroller. The boy was being annoying. The woman wasn’t paying attention to the children. The older boy was tormenting the younger boy on the low. It was agonizing to watch. The way that woman spoke to that baby. Ugh …
Our name was called and we went back to the office to have our interview. New person this time. He was okay, but …. I miss the lady that knows us. As we’re talking to him guess who comes in? The woman with the smallest boy in the stroller. Apparently, the woman in the foster care giver for the boy. It seemed that she didn’t like him very much. I felt really badly for that child.
We were told that at six months, we’d be issued checks for jar baby food as well. I told him that we aren’t using jar food. He told me that they would be distributed to us anyway. We finished up and were told to go to the third window to get our WIC checks. At that window I see a flyer saying that people using WIC could get tickets to redeem for fresh food at the farmer’s market. *blank stare*
I did not enjoy this trip and am not looking forward to the next one. At least we can redeem the WIC checks at the little “store” right next to the WIC office.