Originally Posted by Jojo F.
But we do know she was preoccupied, she was chit chatting on the phone telling someone her son 'got himself lost' and to top it off she wasn't worried at all.
I don't know I bother, but this is exactly
what I mean. Was she chatting on the phone when he got lost
? We don't know - this was at least 15 minutes later, after
he'd been found. Maybe she'd called a friend or relative in a panic, and was calling back to let him/her know the score. I personally can't tell if someone is worried based on what someone else, who doesn't know them, briefly observes and reports on a message board. I can think of several scenarios that could explain taking 10 minutes to get there, and not seeming
"worried at all" and talking on her cell phone. Those scenarios don't all assume that she must
be an inattentive, preoccupied mom.
Oh - and the customer service clerk was out of line. It's not his/her (can't recall) job to decide that a customer is a negligent parent and then tell them off. I'd complain to management if I were on the receiving end of that.
ETA: I just read the last couple pages of posts. I'm sorry - I must have missed where the OP saw the mom before
she found out her child was recovered. Since the OP didn't see her, I have no idea why anybody in this thread, from the OP on, thinks they have any clue what the mom's mental state was, either when the child got lost (however it happened) or while she was looking for him. The OP only saw the mom after
the child was found.
Boy - this thread has made me feel so
much better about taking my little monkey out in public. It's bad enough never knowing when he's going to jerk his hand out of mine and run. Now, I get to wonder who's going to be ready to publicly lambaste me for not caring enough or being a bad mother. Maybe I should try the harness he doesn't like (the one that I've also been criticized for using on dd, who loved it, in an attempt to keep her safe)? Maybe I should get handcuffs? Maybe I should just keep him home and never let him leave the house? Actually, I guess if I were just as good a mother as some others here, my child would never
even think of bolting, because I'd have told him not to, and worked with him on that...obviously
, I never did that, because he does
I feel sorry for the child in the OP. I feel sorry for him mom, too.