What you see while shopping
March 14, 2012 2:25pm CST
I had went to Target last Friday. I was checking out and as I am almost 60, I am not as quick as i used to be. All of a sudden I noticed this little 2 to 3 year old baby girl. She caught my eye because she had similar looks of my granddaughter. She was walking out and in between the checking aisles. I looked around and saw her mother (I assume) about 6 feet away following her. As I finished checking out, I assumed the mother would pick up speed to get this little girl. Since its Spring Break, there were about 8 girls standing by the exit door talking. I saw the little girl head that way and I assumed she was going to them. Before I could even move to get her this little girl was out the doors of Target, both sets and in the street. it seemed to me her mother never picked up speed to go get her. I was horrified that this could have wound up so badly as cars go zooming by store parking lots. The mother finally grabbed her, gave her a pat on the bum like petting a bunny. I am shaking my head as I go out thinking put the toddlers in the carts. thats what they are for. I had 5 children. I remember going to grocery stores etc, and all five kids went withh me and all five stayed by the cart. They did not go running off to aisle 5 to toys, while I am buying groceries. I just don't understand how children are being raised not to understand discipline. Guess thats why I am 60. It really scared me though that she could get that far ahead of her mother, and be that young. Anyone could have grabbed her and been gone. She was just a beautiful little girl.
2 people like this
• United States
14 Mar 12
Was the mom real young? I just think younger people today don't care as much, you know. They have that mentality of "nothing bad will ever happen to me". As they get older they start realizing that bad things indeed do happen to everyone, so they start being more cautious.
• United States
14 Mar 12
We have generations of "parents" that neither know nor care that "Children are a gift from God." They are much too self-absorbed and unschooled in discipline and God's Word. That, in and of itself, is just one reason that our children are no longer safe almost anywhere, including in the home. Families are broken; children are unprotected by a father, too many young women most often resemble the "Casey Anthony" horrid "model" of "feminism". II Timothy 3:1-5 speaks of the "last days" generations, which is where we are now and so perfectly and prophetically speaks to what we are witnessing now. 2 Timothy 3 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away "Without natural affection", lovers of self, disobedient to parents" speaks volumes.
14 Mar 12
I have to agree with you Marie2052. You can see all kinds of things when out shopping for things. I have seen children left in the toys isles while the parents are shopping in other isles and come back for them. The kids destroy items and make a huge mess. I find it distracting when parents allow their kids to scream and yell in stores it's so disrespectful to others shopping in the store. Take them home put them to bed and come back another time. Don't get me wrong I love children, but be a parent and don't just concern yourself with yourself you made the choice to have a child and raise it so raise it properly with respect and discipline.
• United States
3 Oct 12
I think I would have said something to that mother. I don't like seeing small children like that running around to start with, but when parents aren't paying attention or taking action to keep them safe it just isn't safe. I was never one to be paranoid about kidnapping, but like you said if she had run into the parking lot she could have been hit. I guess that is one reason I never had kids myself. I don't think I could have handled that situation.
15 Mar 12
Since she is still in toddler age, the mother would have been more careful and put her in the cart. Sometimes, it is very hard to control young children especially when it comes to boy child. They are very eager to know what is happening around them and the minute you get them out of the cart, you will find yourself running after them everywhere. I remember when my son was 3 years old, I decided to take him for a stroll just around the park but unfortunately, he slipped out of my hand and run towards the road. I remember running after him and shouting but I was lucky enough that someone else got hold of him before he got to the road. Children nowadays are so eager to explore around unlike children of the older generations who seems just to be ok with confinement.