Readers — I am hearing so much about “Can I ever EVER leave my child in the car?” lately that I thought I’d share this note that just came in from a sane and loving mom. Voila:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I thought of you today as I was standing in Papa Murphy’s waiting for my pizza. You see I had left my 8-year-old son and his 4-year-old brother in our van. I had the keys. They were about 20 feet from me and I could clearly see them through the big Papa Murphy’s windows. You came to mind as a lady walked in asking who had left two children alone in that van. I calmly took responsibility and she began to paint a picture of kidnap and murder!
I stayed calm, because I didn’t want her calling the police, and thanked her for her concern but assured her that I could clearly see my children and that I felt they were safe. She continued on about how children are abducted in plain sight in front of parents. At this point I kept silent but what I really wanted to say was that maybe they should have never cut the cord. Then I would have them attached to me at all times and then I would know they are safe! I also decided not to tell her that my 9-year-old was waiting for us at home all by himself!
The good news is the other customer and the Papa Murphy’s staff all laughed after she left. It was pretty ridiculous!