I am not usually one to curse in front of children. I am a firm believer that kids will learn bad words from many people in their lives, and if I am lucky, mom and dad will screw them up long before I make that kind of mistake. I use alternate cursing phrases like "fudge bunnies", shitake mushrooms", "what the fork", and "dear sweet Oden" to express my feelings.
Today, I pretty much broke that rule. The good news was, the kids were strangers. The bad news, was it was in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. Going into Hobby Lobby anytime after August requires great patience. I believe that it is a patience that only a Jedi really possesses. Every time I turned to a different aisle, some couple or mother daughter pair was deep in debate or deep in shopping with a cart just taking up the entire place. After multiple aisles, my patience was about to the end. Without thinking, my mouth just let loose the phrase "holy fuck, Batman". I had one older lady glare at me and I realized my inner monologue was turned up too loud.
I kept walking around and luckily avoided any other instances, but have decided that store shopping is now off limits. The moral of my story is this: be good influence, know what makes you curse and don't do it.