Okay....I'm COMPLETELY puzzled here.
Who here would say, that they would honestly get ANGRY, because her neighbors 2.5 yo escaped the back yard and ran down the street a ways? I just don't understand why the reaction to that is ANGER?
I would be laughing my PANTS off...would scoop the kid up and when the poor frantic mother arrived, would probably say something like "this kid needs a medal, I've never seen anyone under 3 run a quarter mile that fast!" - it's simply NOT something yo uget angry about!
Why is it so annoying to her? Where on EARTH do you live, mama, that people could do ANYTHING but laugh, to see a crafty escape artist, flailing down the street, in that cute baby run...with that cute baby weewee and bum wiggling along in the breeze as they hustle!! That's life! That's fun...that's a little boy busting out on his own...no idea where he's running, just seeing the world from a new perspective, sans mama...FREE!
Look...having a child espcape, is the most frightening thing a mama can experience...up until the very moment the kid is found. That's when you can laugh at the insanity of having children and coping with those crazy, flighty years they hit in between being a baby and being a child....but you HAVE to laugh, or you will most certainly cry out of frustration.
Purplemoon....don't you worry yourself and I demand that you let the stress of this event slip from your mind. You did nothing wrong. The true misfortune in all of this, is that you live next to a woman who, apparently, is blind to some of the simplest joy and sweetest pleasure in life. A mother cannot feel much but gripping fear in losing sight of her little one, if only for a few moments....but the neighbor who happens to spot the kid coming...has a truly marvelous vantage point...a window into a time past for them. For they can soak in the spirit of the escapee, they can feel joy at the expression of a young one, struck out on his own! See him satisfied in his unhindered movement and thirsting for adventure. It's NICE to see that..it's fun to see that, it's lucky, for that few minutes, to relive a bit of that....never again in a humans life, will the world seem so large and safe for that sort of exploration, never again will it feel so exhilerating to just RUN! An adult should try and recapture that feeling as many times in their life as they can...keeps you young.
But...in this neighbor of yours, we see a classic example of a woman who is on the very cusp of a time in her life, where she will see the error of her ways. You said her son is only a few months old? What, like six months??? Yeah...we here all know how quickly that year and a half is going to go by, don't we? One moment, holding a happy six month old...tisk tisking that silly unfit mother down the way..."Shame on her, losing track of her little one like that, and TWO times, no less....I have never lost sight of mine!" - well, let's hope the universe is kind to her and that when her wild child discovers his running feet and puts them under him....he ends up running down the street to YOU....so you can help her see the comedy in it...I say something in the way of "Haha, don't worry, he just ran a few houses down, I caught him no problem...wow, they get out quick, huh! Gee, do you think he's okay...I mean, should we call the police? Oh my, I see you're in your night gown, that's not very good for outside, is it!"
You're fine mama....this is life with children. I don't know what the world is coming to, that anyone has neighbors like that...unbelievable....