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Stupid Parents. I saved a life.

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 29, 2012, 9:38 PM
Parents...are you listening? No? Well sit down and pay attention. PAY. ATTENTION. TO. YOUR. KIDS.  I swear, parents should be forced to pass some sort of competency test before they're allowed to procreate. I'm not usually one to rant, but today I saw a parent being stupid - and luckily for her - I was paying more attention to her kid than she was, because I saved his 2 year old life.  So here's the story: I was sitting around at McDonald's, eating a quick dinner because I am wayyyyy too tired lately  (I fell asleep at 6 pm yesterday... seriously.. for an insomniac, that's unheard of) due to illness to bother with cooking. Anyways - there were these two Army women sitting at this little table with a 2-year old still-in-pampers little boy with them. They were gabbing it up - letting this little kid roam all over the place. I first noticed him when he was opening the cupboards under the condiment stand, messing with all the little under-the-counter stuff that McDonald's doesn't really want their customers to see. I sort of shot a glare at his mother (not that she noticed) because what sort of parent doesn't say a word when their kid is fiddling with obviously off-limits stuff?

Whatever - So this lil blonde-haired toddler toddles his way past my table - far away from his mother who is paying absolutely no attention - and makes his way OUTSIDE to this little enclosed fenced area.  He was safe there, but it took his mother a minute to realize he was gone.  She brought him back in, and sat down to chat.  Not five minutes later, he was out there again. She gave up, and she and her friend went to sit at the "bar" overlooking I guess what you'd call "the patio". I thought "good for her - she's finally gunna keep an eye on him".

No. No she didn't. 10 minutes later, the little boy (who I was watching and giggling at on his little adventure) came back in, and immediately went for the second door.  At this point it took him all of three seconds to open the other outside door, and pointedly step into the drive through lane - right in front of a truck.  The truckdriver saw him, and freaked out, but I immediately jumped up to stop him - and very loudly, yell at his mother. She freaked out and ran over  to grab up her kid - who was on his way to the highway as far as he was concerned. The little boy was just fine but the stupidity of that mother makes me want to slap her. At least she was grateful - she did stop by my table to thank me.

If you have kids - watch them. I don't care where you are, or what you're doing.. you should know where your kids are, and what they're doing. Be a responsible parent. Your conversation with your best friend isn't so important. What are you going to do when your kid gets killed in a mc donald's drive-thru? How are you going to explain to your family that you were too busy gossiping to notice your toddler left the building?

  • Listening to: Age of Oppression - Malukah
  • Reading: Within Abandon
  • Watching: Primevil
  • Playing: Minecraft/Skyrim/SWTOR/Witcher 2/Kingdom of Amalur
  • Eating: Sour Patch Kids
  • Drinking: Apple Juice.
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PegasusFantasy2000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's really sad when other people pay more attention to a kid than the child's parents do...

You deserve a medal for saving that kid. And the mother needs a wake-up slap or something. :/
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ and I agree - I don't understand how someone could not notice that they're kid is wandering off. Maybe it's because I spend so much time around kids (I volunteered at the local elementary school and girl scouts for a few years) but when I see a kid nearby, even if it isn't mine, I watch to make sure they're okay.
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BlkFlamez Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow how irresponsible!!! Makes me angry that some people care more about gossip and drama than the life/safety of their children. I am glad you kept an open eye out. That could have easily been another sad story on the news.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
me too -_- I can't understand how anyone could be that irresponsible.
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BlkFlamez Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its very sad.
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Fredthecow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh gosh D: Glad you were there to save that kid
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
me too!
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IbreeI Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling I have always been really careful when children are around.
Especially when there’s water, I have saved about 3 children from drowning just at the local pool.

One 2-3 year old was grasping onto the edge of the 4 meter deep pool, I saw him there and swam over asking the clearly tired and exhausted little boy if he was ok, he didn’t even get to answer me and went under sinking half way till I dived under the water and pulled him up, then swam dragging the poor little kid in tears and coughing out of the pool, the mother didn’t even see it.. she was to busy chatting that she didnt see her child walk the distance of a 50 meter pool, she didn’t see the toddler jump or fall into the water and she didnt see him clinging to the side of the pool for whatever length of time the little one had been holding on for.. she was to busy chatting or assuming that it was the lifeguards job to babysit her kid.. needless to say I wasn’t impressed when I walked her poor crying child back
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank god you were there! parents like that really make me want to scream -_- people like that don't deserve to have children!
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StrongWind876 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*headdesk*
I have the same problem, the anger with other parents about not watching their kids. I was at the park one day for a walk and, literally, I was blissful! And yet, these two brothers come down and the older one starts slapping and beating up the younger. It went on for a few moments before I felt a rage to tell the older one off. But, I knew it wasn't my place ( because it really wasn't that bad, just the way an older treats a younger, I s'pose, hard to explain) so I left because the wails were just getting to me. Grr.
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