Originally Posted by nextcommercial
and when the daughter yelled a dramatic "Ow you pulled my arm".. ....
... mom took her cart and slammed it into her daughter. It hit the backs of her feet, knocking her forward and her head snapped backwards. The screaming was horrendous.
First thing...most here have read this as meaning the girl was knocked down. Doesn't sound like that to me.
Also sounds like the girl is a wee bit dramatic. Sounds like my son. My son who will do crazy things that should hurt him over and over and won't react, but when he's in the mood to misbehave, if I simply put my hand on his shoulder to get his attention he'll yell about it and make others think that I've hurt him. Doesn't help that I have a "stress face" that looks annoyed even when I'm ecstatic, and if he's in such a misbehaving mode that he's gotten me to get him to stop I'm generally frazzled looking...so I *look* like I'm hurting him, when I'm actually not.
I've also managed to do accidental things, like well I can't think of what, but it's generally while shopping as he's darting around, so I imagine a shopping cart has probably hit him at least once, and those things happen when I'm distracted.
So, and of course this is dangerous b/c I wasn't there, but I'm calling a "nope, wasn't how you thought it was" on this one. I think you saw something that was different than the reality, and I think that the girl was being dramatic in her reactions. DS has dropped to the ground and pretended to faint, if I just look at him funny (which is weird, b/c when I TRY to give him my mom's patented, always-worked-on-me-and-brother, Death Glare, he laughs.
But then I'm trying to keep things pleasant, and he's in a heap. Gah.
Originally Posted by eepster
I haven't read any of the other responses yet, but I think this may not have been her mom.
An older sister can easily be the same age as a young mom. An older cousin is also quite plausible. Certainly a young aunt could be also.
Ooh dang, good point. I have 5 sibs; the 3 youngest are 13, 15, and 25 years younger. I was taking care of them and taking the two youngest out and about as soon as I could drive. But they were my siblings, so I would and could be meaner to them than I would be to my son...that's kind of in the job description for an older sib, yes?
I think there's just no real way of knowing what happened.
In the future, the "oh I've been there done that" type of sentence is good, if you can catch the eye of the adult. And only BEFORE something happens.